December 10, 2001Recall of Mother's Pride and Nata Gel
The FDA has recalled 16,000 packages of
mini-cup gel candies because they represent a choking hazard. This candy,
distributed nationwide to retail establishments, is sold under the names of
Mother's Pride and NATA, and the label describes the product as a mini-fruit
bite. The candy comes in small sealed plastic cups that contain gelatin with
or without a chunk of fruit.
These candies contain the ingredient "konjac" (also known as conjac,
konnyaku, yam flour, or glucomannan). The Consumer Product Safety Commission
and the Food and Drug Administration consider this type of candy to pose a
serious choking risk, particularly to infants, children and the elderly.
Local authorities have reported three children's deaths from choking in the
United States associated with this type of jelly candy. There have also been
reports of deaths in other countries.
Each jelly cup is about the size of a single-serve coffee creamer. The jelly
cups are in a plastic bag or plastic jar. The flavors sold are mango,
assorted fruit and lychee. Some of the candy bears warning labels,
suggesting that it not be eaten by children under age three.
The FDA contacted Budget Promotions, the Houston, Tex., distributor
recalling this product, when it learned that the firm had distributed the
mini-cup gel candies. The firm is cooperating with the FDA and is
voluntarily recalling this product.
The FDA has issued two previous general warnings against consuming mini-cup
gel candies that contain the ingredient "konjac". Although the agency issued
an import alert to address importation of these candies in October, 2001,
candies imported prior to the import alert are still in the US market. These
candies are sold under various brand names, distributed by various
companies. The FDA continues to investigate and follow-up this issue.
Budget Promotions urges all consumers to return this product to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company
at (281) 495-9887.