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Schools Rethink Lunch Menus After Student’s Choking Death

TOKYO, Apr 02 (News On Japan) –
A tragic incident occurred a month in the past the place a first-grade boy died from choking on a quail egg throughout faculty lunch. Since then, there’s been a widespread transfer to take away quail eggs from faculty menus. But is that this the appropriate resolution?

Quail eggs, which might be boiled, fried, or scrambled, have lengthy been a well-liked ingredient in varied dishes, beloved by kids and adults alike. However, they now discover themselves in an sudden predicament.

The concern started in February when a first-grade boy at a major faculty in Fukuoka Prefecture choked to dying throughout lunch. The quail egg utilized in miso oden is believed to have induced the deadly choking. Following the incident, the town’s board of training determined to quickly droop the serving of quail eggs at school lunches.

The downside didn’t finish there.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi: “In light of this case, we are requesting that prefectures and boards of education across the country thoroughly implement guidance to prevent choking accidents in school lunches and work towards preventing recurrence.”

In the wake of efforts to stop additional incidents, extra faculties are selecting to “exclude” quail eggs from their menus. This has had a big affect on “producers.”

Hamamatsu Farm President, Tetsuji Kondo: “We haven’t done anything wrong, so it’s a situation where we’re left feeling helpless.”

Hamamatsu Farm has skilled a discount in shipments as a result of backlash in opposition to quail eggs.

Kondo: “Overall, there’s been about a 10% impact on our shipments. Quail eggs have been used in school lunches for many years for a reason. They’re nutritious, affordable, and safe to handle.”

Online, there are additionally varied opinions.

From X: “Isn’t teaching kids to chew properly also a part of food education?”

“Maybe they should just cut them smaller or only exclude them for lower grades.”

“I don’t think not letting them eat at all is appropriate.”

However, some consultants argue that quail eggs are a no-go for first graders. Why should not they be fed to first graders? Is the transfer to exclude them the appropriate resolution?

Source: ANN