Sunday, February 28, 2010

Are Hot Dogs From Kraft Foods and Sara Lee Choking Risk For Kids?

A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), published in the February 22 online issue of Pediatrics, takes a closer look at preventing choking among children. Their startling find is on average, a child will die every 5 days in the United States from choking on food. Fear-mongering for political ends, or plain truth in advertising?

The AAP is now calling on food manufacturers of hot dogs and other high-risk foods to affix “choking hazard” labels to packaging, and urging that companies redirect some research and development expenses toward the redesign of foods, such as drafting new shapes, sizes, and textures less to get wedged in a kid’s passage airway.

Some hot dog brands, such as Oscar Mayer (Kraft Foods) or Ball Park Franks from Sara Lee, already have warning labels about choking. Not enough is the apparent sentiment vocalized by the policy paper’s lead author Gary Smith.

It turns out, though, that the AAP took that data from a paper almost thirty years old!
Read more at BNET Food > ….

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