Jelly recall over choking hazard expanded
- January 12, 2009 11:13 AM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is expanding a recall of jelly deserts made with konjac powder to include additional products.
The original recall, issued Dec. 24, warned consumers of the potential for choking when eating assorted flavours of Three Fish brand Bidrico coconut/fruit jelly with konjac powder. The jelly is sold as a mini-cup dessert. It was for jellies sold in a 1-kg bear-shaped plastic jar containing assorted flavours of Three Fish Bidrico coconut/fruit jelly cups, with the code UPC 4 560124 220389.
The new recall adds two more jelly products, also sold under the name brand Bidrico Fruit Jelly. The first jelly is marketed as Three Fish Bidrico Assorted Flavour Coconut Jelly and is sold in a 1-kg bear-shaped plastic jar, with the product code 6 92948 03009 8. The second jelly is marketed as Rau Câu Bidrico Assorted Flavours Mixed Fruit Jelly and sold in a 500-g flexible plastic pouch with the product code 8 935051 800571
The affected mini-cup jelly products – sold in British Columbia and Alberta - are about the size of coffee creamer with rounded edges.
The CFIA says that over the years, it has received reports of death associated with the consumption of certain mini-cup jelly products in Canada, the United States, Australia and various Asian countries. Depending on the size, shape and consistency, mini-cup jelly products may become lodged in the throat and may be difficult to remove.
The CFIA has not received reports of choking incidents associated with the current recall.
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