Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 24, 2008 13:08 ET

Advice to Consumers: Choking Hazard Posed by Certain Mini-Cup Jelly Products

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 24, 2008) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising consumers to be cautious of a possible choking hazard associated with various brands and flavours of imported mini-cup jelly products containing konjac.

If consumed as a single-bite, these products may cause choking, particularly for those at higher risk including infants, young children, the elderly, and people with swallowing difficulties. Depending upon the size, shape and consistency, mini-cup jelly products may become lodged in the throat and difficult to remove. To be safe, break the jelly into smaller bites prior to eating.

Over the years, there have been reported fatalities associated with the consumption of certain mini-cup jelly products containing konjac in Canada, the United States, Australia and various Asian countries.

Mini-cup jelly products containing konjac are traditionally manufactured in Southeast Asia and are packaged in a plastic container about the size of a coffee creamer with a rounded edge and a peel-back top. Mini-cup jelly products are available in a range of shapes, sizes, consistencies, and colours and may or may not contain konjac as an ingredient.

The konjac ingredient acts as a binding agent to solidify the consistency of the jelly, increasing the risk of choking on the product. Konjac can also be identified on a label as glucomannan, konyak, konjac gum, konyac, conjac, konuyaku, or yam flour.

The CFIA has previously issued recalls and warned consumers about these products which are sold under various brand names and distributed by various companies.
For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our website at www.inspection.gc.ca.

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  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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    613-773-6600