February 12, 2002All Vegetarian Has Recalled "Saint
El Monte, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that All Vegetarian, Inc. has
recalled approximately 10,000 packages of mini-cup gel
candies because they represent a choking hazard. This candy, distributed
(California, Texas and Hawaii) to retail establishments, is sold under the
names of "Saint Jenny", and the label describes the product as "Lichee
Flavor Jelly", "Mango flavor Jelly" and "Assorted Flavor Jelly". 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 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 "Lichee
Flavor Jelly", "Mango flavor Jelly" and "Assorted Flavor Jelly". Some of the
candy bears warning labels, suggesting that Chew thoroughly! Do not swallow
whole! Not suitable for children under 3.
The FDA contacted All Vegetarian, Inc 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.
All Vegetarian Inc. urges all consumers to return this product to the place
of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the
company at (626) 448-5919.