Issued By
Durham County Council

 

NEW MINI FRUIT GEL FOOD HAZARD WARNING

Two brands of these illegal products were found on sale in the UK recently. This type of sweet was banned across Europe last year following the deaths from choking of about 18 children worldwide.

During a recent routine check, trading standards officers found that a cash-and-carry store in Watford was selling ABC Mini Fruit Bites and Cocode Nut Jellies, both of which contain konjac.

Parents should be alert to the potential risk from these sweets and children should not buy or eat them.

Jelly sweets made with konjac do not dissolve easily and this can result in the sweet becoming stuck in a child's throat. This led to the ban being imposed on the use of konjac in jelly confectionery.

The importer has now ceased trading and is no longer distributing these products from its premises in Manchester but it is not known how widely these products may have been distributed.

Now local authorities across the UK have been asked to take action to ensure that if any of these products are found, they are removed from sale.

Trading Standards and Environmental Health Officers in County Durham are working with distributors and retailers to ensure none of the banned products are available in our area

In both products, the jelly is contained in a dome-shaped plastic cup, similar to a coffee creamer container, with a peel-off lid. The ABC Mini Fruit Bites sweets are sold in 1 kilogram jars or individually.

The Cocode Nut Jellies are sold in 408 gram bags in various flavours, described as mango, taro, longan and guei ling gau on the packaging. The manufacturer of all these products is Tsang Lin Industries Ltd in Taiwan.

Phillip Holman, Head of Consumer Services at Durham County Council, said: “We continue to work with our colleagues to make sure these products are not on sale locally, However I would advise anyone who has information about these particular brands, to contact us as a matter of urgency on 091 383 3589”

Deputy Council Leader Don Ross added: “There are few things in life that are as important to us than the safety of our children. If anyone recognises these dangerous sweets please let us know so that we can take appropriate action.”

Notes to Editors

1. For further information contact Duncan Castling at the Food Team, Durham County Council on 0191 383 3056.
2. A series of pictures of these products can be found via the Food Hazard Warning link: https://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/alerts/konjacalert160903
3. More pictures below: