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Food recall of jelly cups with konjac

Notification from Food Safety Victoria, recall of lollies that contain the prohibited food additive konjac

By Latrobe City Council - 22nd November 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Council Health Services has been notified by Food Safety Victoria of a recall pertaining to mini-cup jelly lollies, containing the prohibited food additive konjac, which are commonly sucked out of an individually sealed cup.

They are primarily sold through small grocery shops and school canteens.

Councilís Health Services Leader, Andrew Mackintosh, said the recall was instigated because fifteen deaths around the world including one in New South Wales had been linked to choking episodes caused by this type of jelly cup.

"Konjac is used to bind ingredients in the lollies. Unfortunately, konjacís ability to bind can also make it stick to the throat, causing a constriction of the airways and choking," Mr Mackintosh said.

The present action is directed at jelly lollies containing konjac that have been imported from Asia.

"There are some brands of jelly cups manufactured in Australia on the market which do not contain konjac and these products are not being recalled," Mr Mackintosh said.

Consumers are encouraged to return the recall products to the place of purchase for a refund.

Councilís Health Services Unit can be contacted on 1300 367 700 to assist with any public enquiries.


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