Issued By
Northumberland
County Council
 

Mini Sweets May Choke


NORTHUMBERLAND County Council Trading Standards watchdogs have warned that illegal jelly sweets which could kill may still be on sale.

The products concerned are ‘Tsang Lin ABC Mini Fruit Bites’ in assorted flavours and ‘Cocode Nut Jellies’ in assorted flavours.

This type of sweet was banned across Europe last year following the deaths from choking of some 18 children.

Parents need to be aware of the potential risks from these sweets and children should not buy or eat them.

Mick King, County Trading Standards Officer, said: “Our first priority is to get these products off the market and to protect public health. If anyone has stocks of this product they can contact us for advice. Our officers are prepared to collect and destroy suspect products.”

The jelly sweets contain ‘konjac’, which does not dissolve easily and can result in the sweets becoming stuck in a child’s throat. The jelly is contained in a dome shaped plastic cup, similar to a coffee cream container, with a peel-off lid. Photographs of the packaging for these products are available from the Food Standards Agency website.

www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacindivclear.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacjar.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacindivdarkred.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacindivgrey.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacindivorange.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacminisweets.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacminisweets2.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacmango.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjaccoconut.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjacgueilinggau.jpg
www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/bigimages/konjaclongan.jpg

Anyone who has this product should contact Trading Standards immediately:

Tel: 01670 534585
Fax: 01670 534590
E-mail: tradingstandards@northumberland.gov.uk

If you are aware of anyone selling this product you can also contact us anonymously on the same number.

Further information is available from:
Nicola Sleightholme, Public Relations Assistant, Northumberland County Council
Tel: 01670 533252
Email: nsleightholme@northumberland.gov.uk
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