If it’s risky then you gotta put a label on it.
This story from ABC got me a little peeved. Researchers want the government to require labels on manufactured foods that indicate that people could choke on them. Yes, now even food will be “harmful if swallowed.”
In the United States, approximately one child dies every five days by choking on food — a rate that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is trying to change.
The AAP released a policy statement today that calls for choking hazard labels on foods that kids might choke on, making a special case for a mandatory warning label on all hot dog packages.
Zuehlke thinks the labels are a good idea. “Parents are so busy, we pick up things and we don’t always think twice. If there are warning labels at the grocery store, we may pass on it,” she says.
But this is the response hot dog manufacturers might be afraid of: requiring choking warnings on their products may deter consumers from purchasing them at all — even though this family favorite could be made safe for small children by simply cutting it up properly.
The woman quoted is a mom from Ohio, plucked from obscurity, whose child started choking on a chocolate-covered peanut before her parents got her to cough it up. So she’s an expert of choking, or something.
This is exactly what George Will was talking about at CPAC this weekend (we highlighted it on Vandy Right Radio this morning, but alas, our recording was lost so you can’t hear it online). Are we supposed to become more and more dependent on the government’s labels? And don’t these researchers have more important things to determine what we already know: kids will choke on hot dogs if you don’t teach them to chew or cut it into smaller pieces. I know we’ve got neglectful parents out there, but you’re kidding yourself if you think a federally mandated label is going to be what reaches bad moms and dads.
The dependency agenda marches on.
UPDATE: Just remembered this Steyn article from this weekend. Perfect companion:
In Canada, Karen Selick told readers of the Ottawa Citizen about her winter vacation in Arizona last month: “The resort suite I rented via the Internet promised a private patio with hot tub,” she wrote. “Upon arrival, I found the door to my patio bolted shut. ‘Entry prohibited by federal law,’ read the sign. Hotel management explained that the drains in all the resort’s hot tubs had recently been found not to comply with new safety regulations. Compliance costs would be astronomical. Dozens of hot-tubs would instead be cemented over permanently.” In the meantime, her suite had an attractive view of the federally prohibited patio.
Read the whole thing.
(via Hot Air)