A lot of readers were outraged by the thought of the hot dog being reinvented so that it would be more "choke-free." But I say BRING IT ON!
Momlogic's Julie: When we told you that the American Academy of Pediatrics was encouraging the food industry to avoid shapes and sizes of foods that pose choking risks (like hot dogs) and to put warning labels on high-risk foods, many of you got steaming mad.
Seriously???? I swear to God our kids are going to grow up too stupid to live. The way society is coddling people ... from time immemorial children have been eating solid food. I feel for the lady whose kid died, but warning labels on hot dogs are just too over the top. ANYTHING can cause choking. ANYTHING. Unfortunately stuff happens. Regardless of all the supervision, warning labels or any precautions taken. Recall food that causes choking???? You CAN NOT be serious.
- Gail Cooke
This is absurd. There are 300 million people in this country. 100 kids a year [dying from choking on food] is next to nothing. It's so unfortunate when it does happen, but it's a risk I'm willing to take.
I know many of you will disagree, but I am all for warning labels on high-risk food.
My niece Alex choked on a hot dog in her school cafeteria and almost died. Thankfully, her life was saved, but she was so traumatized that she didn't eat solid foods for close to a year. She lived on soup and Ensure, and her single mother spent thousands of dollars she didn't have on therapy bills to conquer her fear of food.
But our family is keenly aware that our story has a happier ending than most. We told you about Joan Stavros Adler, whose 4-year-old choked to death on a piece of hot dog in 2001. Ever since her son died, she has been pushing for more warning labels on foods.
Maybe those of you who have never been personally affected by a child choking think this is over-the-top, but those of us who HAVE been affected by such a tragedy just want to spare the rest of you the pain we've experienced.
So when it comes to warning labels on food -- or maybe even re-designing them to make them safer -- I say bring it on.
But until that day comes, my kids aren't allowed to eat hot dogs unless they are cut in quarter-sized bites, period. To me, it's just NOT worth the risk.