The head honchos of the hot-dog world have spoken: a hot dog is not a sandwich. 

After celebrities ranging from Ludacris to the players of the Buffalo Bills weighed in on the debate, the authorities have deemed the hot dog as a food in its own category, rather than just a sandwich. Janet Riley, the president of the National Hot Dog Council, states,

“Limiting the hot dog’s significance by saying it’s ‘just a sandwich’ is like calling the Dalai Lama ‘just a guy.’ Perhaps at one time its importance could be limited by forcing it into a larger sandwich category (no disrespect to Reubens and others), but that time has passed. We therefore choose to take a cue from a great performer and declare our namesake be a ‘hot dog formerly known as a sandwich.”

Newsweek notes history books claim a hot dog was considered a sandwich back in the late 1800’s with the “Coney Island Sandwich” and the “Frankfurter Sandwich,” yet, the council did not let these names define the current state of the hot dog’s title.

Instead, the council was able to come to a conclusion after the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes a hot dog does fall into the sandwich category, but the debate between whether it is an open or closed-faced sandwich makes the definition unclear. Ultimately, the council was able to come to the conclusion that, “a hot dog is an exclamation of joy, a food, a verb describing one ‘showing off’ and even an emoji. It is truly a category unto its own.”

Now with the debate settled, it might be time to figure out if a taco is a sandwich.

[via Newsweek]