See this? That right there is a candy my son received from school today. Looks interesting, eh? It's a candy sold mostly in Hispanic and Asian countries. When those folks came over to the USA, they brought this tasty goody with them.
It's not very big. It's described as, "about the size of a single serve coffee creamer." Junior's class was reading a book that was set in China, and this celebration was the culmination of finishing that book. The teacher ordered Chinese food for the class, they played games from China, and they got swag bags filled with Chinese goodies. This little candy was among the treats.
Why am I concerned that my son was given this candy? Because the FDA in 2002 deemed these candies to be a major choking hazard! In a recall issued by the Food and Drug Administration, these candies were implicated in the confirmed choking deaths of 6 children, with others still being investigated. It seems when children tear off the lid and start to suck the candy out of it's plastic cup, the candy can pop out suddenly and get sucked down the throat, closing off the air way. The candy proved impossible to remove by medical professionals because the jelly was rigid and didn't dissolve like normal jellies or jello. States started seizing the shipments of candy and forbid their import. FDA also asked people to turn in markets & shops who still sell it.
I went back to Junior's school to warn the office about the candy. Because the children received it from school, if something bad happened, the school could be held liable! I was more worried about kids dying. You'd have thought I was a crazy homeless cat lady babbling nonsense on the street corner! Not only did they not really care about what I was saying, they didn't even look at the FDA website I had pulled up on my smart phone! AUGH!! And when I was reading the warning off, one of the office ladies actually SHUSHED ME when another parent entered the office!
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!!
When Junior's teacher just happened up to the office at that exact moment, I explained to her about the candy, why it was bad, and what they should possibly do about it(ie- call the parents!), she just stared at me stupidly and said, "But one of the class moms bought it at the market! It has to be OK??" Uh, no lady. The US government is still seizing shipments of this candy monthly, and that's when it's labeled correctly! I was flabbergasted! They weren't going to do a damn thing! Even Eldest couldn't believe what happened and she said, "Oh no! Uh-uh! You don't shush my mom!". I giggle thinking about it.
So, good people.... what should I do? Let it ride and be happy knowing my kid is OK and won't be consuming the dangerous candy, or should I push the issue and go to the principal?