April 12, 2002Fuwa Trading and Oriental Foodbank Have
Recalled Konjac Jelly Candy
Commerce, CA and El Monte, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Fuwa Trading Co.,
and Oriental Foodbank have recalled
cases of mini jelly candies (or mini-cup gel candy) because these products
present a choking hazard. The product is distributed to retail
establishments in California, Nevada and Arizona under the "Fuji" brand.
Flavors include Mango, Lychee, Soursop and Coconut flavors. The candy comes
in small sealed plastic cups that contain konjac 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
staff and the Food and Drug Administration consider this type of candy to
pose a serious choking risk, particularly to infants, children and the
elderly. The packaging, shape, slipperiness, and consistency endow the
mini-gel products with a potential to cause choking.
There have been six children's deaths from choking associated with this type
of jelly candy throughout the United States in recent years. 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 10 oz. plastic bags that are contained in cases of 30 bags each.
The candy does not bear any warnings regarding the choking hazard.
Consumers are urged to return this product to the place of purchase for a
full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Oriental Foodbank at
In August and October 2001, the FDA issued general warnings against
consuming mini-cup gel candies that contain the ingredient "konjac." Other
firms recalled gel candies. In October 2001, the agency issued an Import
Alert. Import Alerts identify problem commodities and communicate guidance
to FDA field offices and the importing community for detention of products
that appear to be in violation of the law. However, candies imported prior
to the import alert are still in the US market.
This type of candy is sold under various brand names and are distributed by
various companies. The FDA continues to investigate this issue.