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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Great Britain: Jelly Mini-cups Recalled

New Choice brand 'Mini Fruity Gels' (jelly mini-cups) - potential choking hazard.During a routine inspection of a Vietnamese supermarket in the London area, an environmental health officer discovered 'New Choice' brand 'Mini Fruity Gels' on sale.
Jelly mini-cups are not permitted to contain a number of additives, including 'alginic acid' , 'agar' , 'Carrageenan' and 'processed euchema seaweed' as they may pose a 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.
This Recall includes all dates and batch codes. If you have purchased any products with the above packaging information, please do not eat them.
The use in jelly mini-cups of certain additives specified in Annex II of Regulation 1333/2008 is prohibited, jelly mini-cups are defined as 'confectionery of a firm consistence, contained in semi-rigid mini-cups or mini-capsules, intended to be ingested in a single bite by exerting pressure on the mini-cup or mini-capsule to project the confectionery into the mouth'.
In addition, the use of konjac in all jelly confectionery, including jelly mini-cups, and the sale of such confectionery, is prohibited under Regulation 1333/2008. These provisions are enforced by way of The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (England) Regulations 2013.

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