The Hot Dog Needs a Redesign

Ballpark faves are the leading cause of kids' choking
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2010 8:27 AM CST
The Hot Dog Needs a Redesign
Keegan Hasan, 6, eats a hot dog in the downtown district at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

Despite the warning labels, the leading culprit in children choking isn’t the toy with small parts; it’s the hot dog. "If you were to take the best engineers in the world and try to design the perfect plug for a child's airway, it would be a hot dog," says an emergency-room pediatrician leading a push for hot dogs to be slapped with warning labels—and “redesigned” so they don’t get stuck so easily in kids’ throats, USA Today reports.

Not everyone agrees with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ call for warning labels and redesign. “As a mother who has fed toddlers cylindrical foods like grapes, bananas, hot dogs and carrots, I 'redesigned' them in my kitchen by cutting them with a paring knife,” a hot dog industry spokeswoman said. And a healthy eating advocate said, “the last thing we need is to redesign candy and junk food with cool shapes.” (Read more hot dogs stories.)

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