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In a 2011, a US National Safety Council report stated that choking caused 4,500 deaths (amongst all ages) in the United States in 2009.[Ref:46]
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.