Food Packaging Regulations

Written by: Lianne Castelino

Published: Feb 24, 2010

by Andrea Howick

Food like gum and candy can be your child’s worst enemy according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Choking kills more than 100 U.S children a year and even more then that are treated in hospital.

The organization is calling for big changes in the way food is packaged. They are calling for clear labels which would indicate the choking hazards and hopefully result in less choking incidents. The report lists some high risk foods like raw carrots, grapes, apples and hot dogs. These items should be cut into pea-sized pieces for children.

Other foods in the high risk category are candies, popcorn, marshmallows and peanuts which shouldn’t be given to small children at all. There are laws in place that require choking labels on toys but this group is calling for those same labels to be placed on food. What do you think? Should food have labels on it?

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