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    OK, another grieving parent is on a crusade, this time to redesign the hotdog and make American 100% safe from choking.

    I'm sorry for this lady's terrible loss, but all these safety rules are getting to be absurd. One kid dies of a freak accident and everyone else has to put up with some stupid new law. The politicians who write them can then claim that they are protecting the public safety and care about kids. The public gets saddled with new restrictions and a new federal oversight agency is created, along with more redtape to make life more irritating for the citizens.

    Doctors Urging for a Safer, Choke-Free Hot Dog - Nutrition | Physical - FOXNews.com

    CHICAGO — When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous.

    Some food makers including Oscar Mayer have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. The nation's largest pediatricians group is calling for sweeping changes in the way food is designed and labeled to minimize children's chances for choking.

    Choking kills more than 100 U.S. children 14 years or younger each year and thousands more — 15,000 in 2001 — are treated in emergency rooms. Food, including candy and gum, is among the leading culprits, along with items like coins and balloons. Of the 141 choking deaths in kids in 2006, 61 were food-related.

    Surveillance systems lack detailed information about food choking incidents, which are thought to be underreported but remain a significant and under-appreciated problem, said Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

    Smith is lead author of a new policy report from the pediatrics academy that seeks to make choking prevention a priority for government and food makers. The report was released Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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    Re: Choking warning urged for food labels Pediatricians seek to protect kids from hig

    100 kids? That's it? It's not like it's some epidemic then eh? Sounds like the vast majority of kids can learn to chew.
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    Re: Choking warning urged for food labels Pediatricians seek to protect kids from hig

    I don't know what happened to my title, could a moderator correct that?

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    The title should be "Doctors Urging for a Safer, Choke-Free Hot Dog" I had changed it I thought. Can someone fix it?

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    Re: Choking warning urged for food labels Pediatricians seek to protect kids from hig

    They recommend "pea sized" hot dog pieces? O-kay ...

    I would be very interested to know what size hot dog the kid choked on, and how closely he was being supervised at the time. I cut up the hot dogs I give my preschooler up into ~1/2" sections and that seems to be about right. Of course, just like anything else, the size probably depends upon the kid.

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    Re: Choking warning urged for food labels Pediatricians seek to protect kids from hig

    Can we just liquefy all food? That should take care of any danger of choking.... oh wait, we might inhale it instead.

    I think we should just ban all food and be done with it.
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    Re: Choking warning urged for food labels Pediatricians seek to protect kids from hig

    Are they next going to call for water that can't drown you?

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    Re: Choking warning urged for food labels Pediatricians seek to protect kids from hig

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    OK, another grieving parent is on a crusade, this time to redesign the hotdog and make American 100% safe from choking.

    I'm sorry for this lady's terrible loss, but all these safety rules are getting to be absurd. One kid dies of a freak accident and everyone else has to put up with some stupid new law. The politicians who write them can then claim that they are protecting the public safety and care about kids. The public gets saddled with new restrictions and a new federal oversight agency is created, along with more redtape to make life more irritating for the citizens.

    Doctors Urging for a Safer, Choke-Free Hot Dog - Nutrition | Physical - FOXNews.com
    CHICAGO — When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous. Cause she's an idiot. Any food can be dangerous. Duh.

    Some food makers including Oscar Mayer have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom. So, to prevent people seeing my idiocy, and to prevent myself from realizing that through such, my kid died, I want to make the price of every single hotdog go up by a fraction of a cent or so, by forcing hotdog makers to label such with "can be choking hazard".

    The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. The nation's largest pediatricians group is calling for sweeping changes in the way food is designed and labeled to minimize children's chances for choking. Of course they do. You can always find someone to agree with you. And think of the potential for them to gain power, by being the regulators of such a law.

    Choking kills more than 100 U.S. children 14 years or younger each year and thousands more — 15,000 in 2001 — are treated in emergency rooms. Food, including candy and gum, is among the leading culprits, along with items like coins and balloons. Of the 141 choking deaths in kids in 2006, 61 were food-related. And I would bet you much that this incidence level is the same or less (or only very slightly more) than in any given past year. As if suddenly this looming new threat of choking on food has shown up...

    Surveillance systems lack detailed information about food choking incidents, which are thought to be underreported but remain a significant and under-appreciated problem, said Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "We have no evidence of this, but we are sure it happens."

    Smith is lead author of a new policy report from the pediatrics academy that seeks to make choking prevention a priority for government and food makers. The report was released Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Oh great. "Make choking prevention a priority". As if no other issues, like quality (you know, to prevent food poisoning?), could be more important.
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    Re: Choking warning urged for food labels Pediatricians seek to protect kids from hig

    This just in people, a new threat to your children.

    When a child falls from a great height, it is likely that they will die or be seriously injured.

    I propose that we ban tall things.
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    Re: Choking warning urged for food labels Pediatricians seek to protect kids from hig

    I didn't notice anything about the root cause of choking by people in general let alone children.

    The cause id failure to properly shew your food and old saying most people over look is don't bite off more than you can chew.

    Parents would do well to teach children how to eat.

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