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HOT Dog Warning Labels?

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 11:13 am in Uncategorized.

Wiener Wars (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) U.S. pediatricians are calling for a redesign of the noble frankfurter – or they want a choking warning slapped on ye olde hot dog. The reason, they say, is that while the federal government mandates warnings on toys intended for tots, no such danger signs appear on food – hmmm, perhaps because of the difficulty of printing “Warning: Choking Hazard” on each grape. But each year, more than 10,000 children go to the ER after choking on food and more than 70 die as a result.

I get all that, but here’s the thing. One of the first things you’re taught as a new parent – by your pediatrician, your new moms group and every baby care book on the planet – is not to feed your little one objects that approximate the dimensions of his windpipe. Dice or slice ‘em first. Do we need warning labels on food? Or redesigned hot dogs? You tell me…

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