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Something as simple as making lollipops flat like a silver dollar instead of round like a pingpong ball can make a big difference, said Bruce Silverglade, legal affairs director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which also has lobbied for more attention to choking prevention.
Grocery Manufacturers Association spokesman Scott Openshaw declined to say whether food makers would consider warning labels or new designs, but said making parents aware of choking dangers is key to keeping kids safe.
Openshaw said the industry would continue working with the FDA and USDA "to ensure that our products are as safe as possible."
At the FDA, spokeswoman Rita Chappelle said the agency will review the academy's analysis and recommendations. She said the FDA also would continue consulting with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on assessing choking hazards associated with food and take action on a case-by-case basis.
Adler considered herself educated about children's safety. Her son had eaten hot dogs before without any problem.
Hot dogs are "almost as American as apple pie," she said. "You really don't know how horrible it can be."
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