The newest crusade: Saving kids from hot dogs

Whoa! Are you crazy? I’m not gonna put that thing in MY mouth!

The American Academy of Pediatrics says they’re interested in designing a choke-proof hot-dog that won’t be a hazard to children.

“If you were to design the perfect plug for a child’s airway, you couldn’t do much better than a hot dog,” said Gary Smith, the policy’s lead author and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, to

In a policy statement, “Prevention of Choking Among Children,” the AAP recommends that food manufacturers “should design new food and redesign existing foods to avoid shapes, sizes, textures and other characteristics that increase choking risk to children.” …

The AAP also cites foods like hard candy, peanuts, whole grapes, popcorn, [and] chunks of peanut butter.

Take me out to the ball game
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some cracker jacks
Please oh please
But not any hotdogs, they might strangle me….

God, I just love this 21st century thing.