Did You Know?!
In the European Union each year, an estimated 400 children (14 years or younger) die from choking.[Ref:1476]
A large piece of meat (or shrimp) can become stuck between the vocal cords and cause complete airway obstruction; or can become stuck in the esophagus and cause drooling and sometimes partial airway obstruction.
Smaller pieces of meat, chewed properly, are less dangerous. If meat is tender and mixed with gravy, it can be chewed and swallowed more easily.