January 9, 2002Joaly Has Recalled Gel Candies
La Mirada, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Joaly Enterprise Company
Mini Fruit Jellys all flavors. The recall covers approximately 3,130 cases
of 1500g/53oz jars/6 jars per case and 1,824 cases of 300g/10.5 oz
cellophane bags/30 bags per case Mini Fruit Jelly because they represent a
potential choking hazard. This candy, distributed nationwide to retail
establishments, is sold under the names of Joelee, and the label describes
the product as a Mini Fruit Jelly. The candy comes in small sealed plastic
cups that contain gelatin with a chunk of fruit.
These candies contain the ingredient "konjac" (also known as conjac,
konnyakn, 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 four 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 other flavors. The candy bears warning labels, suggesting
that it not be eaten by children under age three.
The FDA contacted Joaly Enterprise Company the importer and 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.