The NHDSC is a project of the North American Meat Institute.

Established in 1994 by the American Meat Institute, the Council serves as an information resource to consumers and media on questions related to quality, safety, nutrition and preparation of hot dogs and sausages. The Council also celebrates hot dogs and sausages as iconic American foods.

It is funded by contributions from hot dog and sausage manufacturers and those who supply them with equipment, ingredients and services.