Just yesterday, my candy-lovin’ colleague Susan W. brought her adorable eight-month-old son Harris for a visit to the office. While snapping pictures, I thought about the dangers that children, and their parents, are presented with each day. Particularly relevant to the food industry are choking hazards for small children, and over the last week you may have read about a new study on foods commonly associated with choking. Almost any type of food can be a choking hazard, unfortunately; some of the most common include seeds, nuts, hard candies, chunks of fruit or vegetables, and even some meats.
The National Confectioners Association and the confectionery industry recommend that children under the age of four not be given any hard candies and that parents or other adults should always supervise the consumption of any food among young children. Even older children should be taught safe food consumption, such as not running or playing with food in their mouths, to help prevent choking.
For more information on choking prevention, please reference the following websites: