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Published:February 23rd, 2010 16:42 EST

Should Hot Dogs Be Redesigned To Prevent Choking?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Nutritionists have long warned of the perils of hot dogs: fat, sodium and preservatives to name a few.

"Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants foods like hot dogs to come with a warning label - not because of their nutritional risks but because they pose a choking hazard to babies and children.

Better yet, the academy would like to see foods such as hot dogs `redesigned` so their size, shape and texture make them less likely to lodge in a youngster`s throat." Liz Szabo, USA TODAY

Another example of Big Brother engaged in the futile quest of making life hazard free. About a hundred children die each year from choking on a hot dog, so freakin` what? I bet a hundred kids die every year from sticking their fingers into electrical outlets, is the government going to mandate that all outlets be protected by a locked wire cage?

Of course hot dogs pose a choking hazard to babies, just about everything poses a chocking risk to babies. Only an idiot would hand over a weiner to a baby.

Only an anal-retentive bureaucrat would suggest that a hot dog be redesigned. Should the beloved hot dog be redesigned to be as flat as a pancake to minimize the risk of chocking? Stop the insanity!

Kids consider hot dogs a fun food to eat, in large part because of its shape. The frankfurter is an American culinary classic, and only a bureaucrat or a communist would dare suggest that it should be redesigned.

Fight terrorism and communism, and give your child an old fashioned hot dog!

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