Supervise the use of a paper straw when feeding small children

August 16/2022

The Food Authority Ruokavirasto has received several reports of choking hazards caused by paper straws. Infants have ingested liquid foods with the paper whistles included in the package, which have broken down in the infant's mouth as a result of chewing and sucking, creating a choking hazard. If paper is swallowed, a chemical hazard is also possible.

Paper straws are included, for example, in the packaging of various gruel foods, juices and berry smoothies. The Food Authority is warning parents of young children to the issue and urges that food consumed with paper whistles be provided only under supervision to prevent choking incidents.

The Finnish Food Authority Ruokavirasto has asked the municipal food control authorities to take these hazards into account in their control measures.