Cooked sausage is an extensive and long-established product category within the meat products industry. It is a group of composite products, which means that (as is the case with dried sausage), several meat parts may be mixed together to create the product. Generally, cooked sausage varieties may contain meats from various animals, which are mixed with additives, herbs and spices. In all cases, this type of sausage is cooked, which also explains this product group's name. Depending on the type of product in this category, they may also be subsequently smoked. This last property makes it possible to slice the cooked sausage varieties after production is complete. They are products which are often eaten as sandwich filling or snack, and due to their soft texture are popular with children or older people.