January 16, 2002Walong Marketing Has Recalled ?Mini Jelly
Buena Park, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Walong Marketing, Inc. has recalled
?Mini Jelly Snack
Cups? because this product presents a choking hazard. These candies
are distributed nationwide and internationally under the brands Kimbo, Asian
Taste, Jin Jin and Shen Hsiang Jen Foods. The candies are packaged in small
sealed plastic cups.
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 six 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 mini Jelly cup is about the size of a single size coffee creamer. The
Kimbo Lychee Flavor Jelly is sold in plastic bags containing about 18 cups.
The Asian Taste-Konnyaku Fruit Jelly (Lychee Flavor) is sold in 1500 gram
plastic jars containing about 105 cups. Jin Jin Tropical Mix Fruit is sold
in 1500 gram plastic jars containing about 105 cups. Sheng Hsiang Jen Food
Co Mini Fruity Gels (Peach, Lychee, and assorted flavors) are sold in
Walong Marketing, Inc., has requested recall through distributors and
retailers to consumers. Consumers are urged to return this product to the
place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact
the company at 714-670-8899.
In August and October 2001, the FDA issued general warnings against
consuming mini-cup gel candies that contain the ingredient ?konjac?. In
December 2001 and January 2002 two other firms recalled gel candies.
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.