April 26, 2002
Lien Hoa Food Has Rcalled Mini Jelly Snack Cups
Chicago, IL (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Lien Hoa Food Corp. has recalled
464 cases of mini jelly candies (or mini-cup gel candy) because these
products present a choking hazard. The product is distributed to retail
establishments throughout northern Illinois and Wisconsin under the "Jojomo"
and "Naluwan" brand. The label describes the product as "JM Jojomo" and "Naluwan
Nata De Coco Konnyaku Jelly" in all flavors. The candy comes in small
creamer sized sealed plastic cups.
"FDA urges consumers not to eat this dangerous product, which is especially
risky for children and the elderly," said Dr. Lester M. Crawford, FDA Deputy
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. 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
The candy is sold in 8.8 oz. bags that are contained in cases of 30 bags and
1500 gram plastic jars sold in cases of six. Consumers are urged to return
this product to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact
Lien Hoa Food Corp. at 773-376-1668.
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 to detain candy at the port prior to entry. 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.