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Does the hot dog need a makeover?

The nation’s largest pediatricians group thinks so. The American Academy of Pediatrics — un-American as it may sound —  is calling for sweeping changes in the way the hot dog is designed to minimize children’s chances for choking.

In a policy statement issued earlier this week, the group identified the hot dog as the greatest food-related choking hazard to children, particularly those ages 3 and younger, and said the shape plays a large role in making it unsafe.

The academy proposes warning labels be placed on hot dogs, and that consideration be given to manufacturing them — gasp! — in the shape of a patty.

The academy cited statistics showing 17 percent of food-related choking deaths among children come from from hot dogs. Other common food choking hazards include grapes, apples, popcorn and nuts, the group said. Of the 141 choking deaths in kids 14 and under in 2006, 61 were food-related, according to an Associated Press story.

The doctors say high-risk foods — including hot dogs, raw carrots, grapes and apples – should be served to small children in pea-sized pieces to reduce chances of choking.

We’d agree with that much, but we think it’s up to parents, as opposed to the government, to see that  their childrens’ food is cut into manageable pieces.

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Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I wish I understood people a little better. We seem to have managed to raise our two human offspring to adulthood without ever having a choking incident. Why? Because we cut their food up for them when they were too small and helpless to cut it up for themselves. It’s part of every parent’s job description. I also don’t recall giving them popcorn or nuts until they were pretty close to kindergarten age. Who gives that stuff to a baby or toddler anyway?? Hot dogs aren’t exactly brimming with good nutrition, either.

Comment from Fanny
Time February 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm

REALLY?!…no wait…really?

Did they also do study to determine of how many children ate suspect food and DIDN’t choke. Argh! There are too many bored people in this world. A patty shaped hot dog…that’s completely silly. %^&*()