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Mochi (餅) are rice cakes made of glutinous rice pounded into paste and molded into shape. While eaten year-round, mochi are traditionally eaten during the Japanese New Year, and due to their chewiness, result in a number of choking deaths every year, usually among elderly people.

While death is no laughing matter, death by mochi ... is, kind of.

In case you'll be eating mochi this holiday season, here's an important safety reminder.

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