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to be suprised that rice cakes are so lethal, 9 choked to death in Japan in last few days

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haveatarday Mon 05-Jan-15 15:17:04

Just heard this on radio 4. I feed dd lots of the small organic blackcurrant ones, tbh I had no idea they are lethal.

Aibu to cut them all out?

londonrach Mon 05-Jan-15 15:19:24

I find them very dry. Reason i dont eat them as they taste of plastic. Wonder if thats the reason why or just an off batch in japan. Where you learnt this?

CuttedUpPear Mon 05-Jan-15 15:19:30

It's not the rice cakes we have here - it's a special moist, glutinous type used during a religious festival in Japan.

PseudoBadger Mon 05-Jan-15 15:19:35

Different rice cakes

ChristmasPartyFRocknRollNerd Mon 05-Jan-15 15:20:11

I presume they mean mochi which is not like our puffed 'grains' rice cakes. It's a massively sticky mass and people choke on it pretty much every new year in Japan I believe...

CuttedUpPear Mon 05-Jan-15 15:20:43

Here is the report, no need for scaremongering.

exexpat Mon 05-Jan-15 15:20:49

Different kind of rice cakes. The ones people choke on in Japan are mochi - grilled glutinous rice cakes, which are extremely chewy, and it tends to be elderly people who choke on them.

slightlyglitterstained Mon 05-Jan-15 15:21:52

Are these the same kind of rice cakes though? Remember my parents buying rice cakes from a Chinese supermarket when younger that were not the dry crunchy type we think of, but smooth solid blocks, a bit like polenta but smoother. I can see someone choking on the latter, but not the former.

C0smos Mon 05-Jan-15 15:23:09

Just goggled this as my DD1 loves them, 9 people died after eating the mochi rice cakes which are completely different to ours. Apparently they are quite sticky and gooey.
I think we're fine. Having said that my DD chocked on banana last week so always a good idea to gave your first aid up to date so you know what to do.

saintlyjimjams Mon 05-Jan-15 15:26:38

Mochi is absolutely revolting - I was always surprised they were so popular.

Nothing like the dry cardboard type rice cakes

exexpat Mon 05-Jan-15 15:26:47

See this scene from Tampopo (brilliant Japanese film about food) where an old man goes against advice, eats mochi, chokes and is rescued with a vacuum cleaner - apparently this has actually been done in real life:

haveatarday Mon 05-Jan-15 15:56:33

Whoops sorry ladies, I panicked and had no idea they were totally different jobbies!

saintlyjimjams Mon 05-Jan-15 23:39:24

That scene is bonkers grin

I miss Japan :sigh:

Discopanda Tue 06-Jan-15 00:36:11

The western form of rice cakes are evil in a completely different way! Who wants to eat something that looks and tastes (I presume) like polystyrene?!

TheHermitCrab Tue 06-Jan-15 00:37:10

Rice cakes and quavers the only thing I choke on! (never to death though clearly, I'm still here)

GilbertBlytheWouldGetIt Tue 06-Jan-15 00:41:20

I quite like a mochi now and then. Wouldn't give them to a child though, but I think there are warnings about that on the packaging.

TheNewStatesman Tue 06-Jan-15 02:22:03

It's funny, but you don't really get rice cakes (the polystyrene disk thing) here in Japan at all. I think I've seen them in international supermarkets.

Mochi are chewy, round and slippery, so yes a complete choking hazard. I would only give them sliced up, if I served them at all (no desire to).

Frankly, though, I think it's pretty funny that Japanese authorities make such a fuss about mochi while completely ignoring much bigger sources of danger in this country, such as lack of car seat use.

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