Possible choking hazard: jelly mini-cup sweets

Last updated:
22 January 2014
Food alert for action
New Choice brand Mini Fruity Gels have been found on sale during the routine inspection of a Vietnamese supermarket in the London area. Jelly mini-cup sweets are a possible choking hazard and are banned from sale in the UK. The FSA has issued a Food Alert for Action to local authorities. If you have bought one of these products, do not eat it.

Information about the actions to be taken by local authorities can be found via the link towards the end of this page.

About jelly mini-cups

Jelly mini cups are not allowed to contain a number of additives, including ‘alginic acid’ (E400), ‘agar’ (E406), ‘Carrageenan’ (E407) and ‘processed euchema seaweed’ (407a), because they are a possible choking hazard. As these additives are included in this product they are in breach of the legislation.

Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records for these products.

Product details

These are the products that were found:

  • New Choice brand ‘Tropical’ Mini Fruity Gels
  • New Choice brand ‘Taro’ Mini Fruity Gels

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