Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

FOOD HAZARD WARNING – MINI CUP FRUIT SWEETS

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service is joining forces with the Food Standards Agency and Environmental Health Departments to advise children not to buy or eat certain brands of mini cup fruit jellies that have been linked to the deaths of an estimated 18 children worldwide from choking. The products concerned are “Jellyace Lychee Flavor Konjac” and come in 192g packs each containing 12 sweets, which are dome shaped similar to a coffee creamer sachet.

Following the warnings issued in December 2001 and March 2002, further concerns have been highlighted after it has been found that more of these sweets containing the banned “Konjac” have been supplied to premises in Leeds and Castleford. Prompt action by colleagues in Environmental Health Departments in Wakefield and Leeds have ensured products have been removed from sale. Further visits will be made by Trading Standards and Environmental Health officers to premises throughout West Yorkshire that might stock these products to check that no similar items are found.

Martin Wood, West Yorkshire’s Chief Trading Standards Officer said,

“I would urge all retailers to check their stock and withdraw these products from sale. Parents and children need to be alert to the potential choking hazards and not purchase them. If anyone knows where these products are currently on sale, I would urge them to telephone the Consumer Helpline on 01133 848 848”.


For further information please contact :

Graham Hebblethwaite, Divisional Manager/General Media Contact Tel. 0113 289 8218

Steven Kaye, Principal Officer Tel: 0113 289 8229

Andrew Bibby, Principal Officer Tel: 0113 289 8237


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Further information can be found on the Food standards agency website https://www.food.gov.uk/