Issued By
Cumbria County Council

CHOKING SWEET ALERT

Mini fruit gel sweets containing Konjac, have been found on sale in the UK. This type of sweet presents a choking hazard and was banned from sale in the UK in April 2002.

These mini-cup jelly products are sold individually in dome-shaped plastic cups about the size of a coffee creamer, with a rounded edge; sometimes they are sold from 1Kg plastic jars. Konjac is listed in the ingredients list on the reverse of the jar.

The Food Standards Agency issued this warning and Cumbria Trading Standards will be checking retail outlets in the County.

Anyone who thinks that they may have bought/seen these sweets, is asked to contact their local Trading Standards Office.

Notes for Editors:

1. For more information and photographs of the sweets, visit www.food.gov.uk

2. Trading Standards offices in Cumbria are located at:

County Offices, Kendal Tel: 01539 773577
74 Abbey Road, Barrow Tel: 01229 894520
13 Earl Street, Carlisle Tel: 01228 607447
Fairfield, Station Road, Cockermouth Tel: 01900 325980
Richmond House, Catherine Street, Whitehaven Tel: 01946 852880

3. For more information on this press release, contact Eamonn Quinn (01229 894520) or Pat Thomas (01539 773591) at Cumbria Trading Standards.