On average, every five days in the United States, one child dies from choking. Hot dogs are the number one cause of food-related choking deaths, according to study in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics.
Tragically, just this week, 3-year-old Anna Hendley of Indiana died after choking to death on a hot dog at her babysitter’s house.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has urged the food industry to stay away from shapes and sizes of foods that pose choking hazards and to put warning labels on those which do (such as hot dogs).
One Connecticut grandmother has worked to redesign hot dogs so they won’t get stuck in young children’s throats. Hedy Palliardi heard the news about the hazards of hot dogs and had a brilliant idea.
“It came in the form of a dream, and I acted on it,” Palliardi told The Hartford Courant. “I had a dream about a flat hot dog.”
Palliardi and her brother, who used to work at a food processing company that made hot dogs, came up with a way to make a flat hot dog.
“It’s a big, fat hot dog, without the skin, said Palliardi. “All we do is slice it. It solves the problem, which is the choking hazard.”
At the moment, Palliardi’s Flat Dogs are only available in Connecticut, but Palliardi has plans to sell them nationwide. But until that time, Angry Mom at Momlogic advises parents to “cut toddlers’ hot dogs into quarter-sized pieces or don’t give them hot dogs at all.”
Would you consider buying a flat hot dog?
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