Hot Dogs Pose Choking Hazard, AAP Stresses Need for Redesign

Hot Dogs Pose Choking Hazard, AAP Stresses Need for Redesign

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling out for a redesign of hot dogs and other foods that could pose a choking hazard to children. According to the AAP, the hot dog can qualify as a major source of chocking among children.

In a policy statement released on Monday as "Prevention of Choking Among Children", the group stressed that choking on food "poses an important and relatively underaddressed problem for U. S. children", more-so in children who are 3 and younger.

In addition to hot dogs, hard candy, peanuts, whole grapes, raw carrots, apples and chewing gum, among other such foods, are definite "troublemakers", and the AAP has recommended that manufacturers of food items should now "design new food and redesign existing food to minimize choking risk". Also, foods which end up posing a chocking risk should come with warning labels.

Janet Riley of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council has, however, insisted that many hot dog packages already have labels addressing the issue, for some 10 years now, and parents should make sure that the children are fed such items when under supervision.

The AAP is now calling for a FDA review on the matter.