May 17, 2002
Everlasting Distributors Has Recalled "ABC"
Brand Mini Jelly Snack Cups
Bayonne, N.J. (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Everlasting Distributors,
Inc. has recalled 1,197 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 New York, Massachusetts, Illinois,
Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia under the
The mini jelly candies come in six varieties: Durian Cocode Nut Jelly,
Gueiling Gau Cocode Nut Jelly, Peach Cocode Nut Jelly, Taro Cocode Nut
Jelly, Lychee Cocode Nut Jelly and Mango Cocode Nut Jelly. Each mini jelly
cup is about the size of single-serve coffee creamer. The candies come in 14
oz. bags packed 30 to a case.
These candies contain the ingredient "konjac" (also known as conjac,
konnyaku, yam flour, or glucomannan). The Food and Drug Administration and
the Consumer Product Safety Commission staff consider this type of candy to
pose a serious choking risk, particularly to infants, children and the
elderly. 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.
"FDA urges everyone to avoid consuming these candies, which present a major
choking hazard," said Dr. Lester M. Crawford, FDA Deputy Commissioner.
Consumers are urged to return this product to the place of purchase.
Consumers with questions may call Everlasting Distributors, Inc., 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.