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November 15, 2002

Recall Update: ABC brand Konjac Coconut Jelly Mini Fruit Bites Candy Recall Complete

(SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the following information.

PRODUCT
ABC brand Konjac Coconut Jelly Mini Fruit Bites Candy
Manufactured By/Tsang Lin Industries Ltd., Taiwan; Imported By: Five Continents, Ltd., Chicago, IL; the product is packaged in individual serving sized plastic cups with foil lids, with the product meant to be squeezed out of the cup directly into the mouth.

The 16.5-17 gram individual serving cups are packaged in 300 gram plastic bags/30 bags per case and 1500 gram plastic jars (round and bear-shaped)/6 jars per case.

Some packages are labeled in part "The product is insured for NT$10 million liability. Please use it without worry." and "It is to advise that 3 years old children and aged persons should not swallow it full mouth. Please do not expose the product to heat or sunshine." Other packages are labeled "CAUTION This product contains fruit chunks, must be chewed thoroughly before swallowing. Not recommended for children under 5 years old."

Different flavors are as follows:
a) Assorted Cocode Nut Jelly. Recall # F-050-3;
b) Grape-Nata Jelly. Recall # F-051-03;
c) Coconut-Jelly. Recall # F-052-3;
d) Strawberry Cocode Nut Jelly. Recall # F-053-3;
e) Green Tea Cocode Nut Jelly. Recall # F-054-3;
f) Lychee Mini Fruit Bites. Recall # F-055-3;
g) Assorted Mini Fruit Bites. Recall # F-056-3;
h) Taro Mini Fruit Bites. Recall # F-057-3;
i) Guava Konjac Coconut Jelly. Recall # F-058-3;
j) Peach Mini Fruit Bites. Recall # F-059-3;
k) Mango Pudding with Nata de Coco. Recall # F-060-3;
l) Mangosteen Cocode Nut Jelly. Recall # F-061-3;
m) Orange Cocode Nut Jelly. Recall # F-062-3;
n) Heart Fruit Gel - Assorted. Recall # F-063-3;
o) Heart Fruit Gel - Lychee. Recall # F-064-3;
p) Heart Fruit Gel - Peach. Recall # F-065-3;
q) Heart Fruit Gel - Mangosteen. Recall # F-066-3.

CODE
All products on the market at the time the recall was initiated.

RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Recalling Firm: Five Continents Ltd., Chicago, IL, by telephone on December 14, 2001 and by letter dated January 8, 2002.
Manufacturer: Tsang Lin Industries Corporation, Taichung City, Taiwan. FDA initiated recall is complete.

REASON
This candy is in violation of section 402(a)(3) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in that it is unfit for food due to the characteristics that result in a serious choking hazard.

VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
7,615 cases.

DISTRIBUTION
Nationwide.

 
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