Consumer awareness about food safety is rising, fuelled by an almost never-ending stream of food-related TV programs.
Iams wasn't the only cat food brand to be recalled due to the vast amount of food-related deaths and injuries, but the recall list did include both Iams Cat Slices and Flakes as well as Iams Select Bites.
Of the food-related choking incidents, 19 percent resulted from candy or gum.
Food-related choking usually occurs because infants and young children do not chew their food well, and larger pieces can become stuck in their throat.
Each year about 200 adults and children in the United States die from food-related anaphylaxis, an extreme reaction that causes swelling of the throat and bronchial passages, shock, and a severe drop in blood pressure.