We all do our best to protect children from recognizable choking hazards such as balloons, batteries, coins and small toys with removable parts.

However, we may not be as well aware of the choking dangers of some foods that should be avoided for younger children, especially those under the age of 4 years because they:

  • are still developing safe eating habits,
  • have small airways,
  • have poor chewing and swallowing habits and
  • often don’t understand the dangers associated with consuming food.

Here are examples of some of the foods that should be avoided when children are 4 years of age and under:

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By dfait.maeci: Canada's response to the earthquake in Japan | Réponse du Canada au séisme au Japon

By dfait.maeci: Canada's response to the earthquake in Japan | Réponse du Canada au séisme au Japon

This morning, I just received more up-to-date info about the radiation levels in Japan and the extent of  impact on food and people in other countries.

Here is a brief summary of this info.

  • “Potassium iodide (KI) is only needed when there is a large amount of radioactive iodine in the environment.
  • At this time, the Government of Canada does not advise using the medication (KI).
  • KI will be available from local health authorities in Japan if the need arises.
  • Information currently available indicates that there is no significant risk from radioactive contamination in the Japanese food supply.
  • No agricultural products are being shipped from the affected areas near Fukushima.
  • As an extra precaution, Canadians in Japan are encouraged, for the time being, to be diligent in choosing foods produced and manufactured in other regions less impacted by the current disaster.
  • Reuters reported about 2 hours ago that according to Japan’s deputy chief cabinet secretary, Fukushima reactors are showing some improvement but the situation remains uncertain.
  • Reuters reported that the health ministry of Japan “also said in a statement that radiation levels exceeded safety standards in Fukushima and nearby Ibaraki prefecture. It said it had prohibited the sale of raw milk from Fukushima prefecture.”
  • AFP reported that “authorities in Taiwan checking food imports for radiation on Sunday found a shipment of fava beans from southern Japan had been very slightly contaminated. It is the first report of contaminated food being found outside Japan since the crisis at a nuclear power plant. The beans will be destroyed.”

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