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Vietnam warns against imported fruit jelly product due to choking hazard

Vietnam warns against imported fruit jelly product due to choking hazard

Monday, April 18, 2022, 17:00 GMT+7
Vietnam warns against imported fruit jelly product due to choking hazard
XZL Milk Fruit Jelly School Bag products. Photo: Vietnam Food Administration

The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade has issued a warning against the consumption of the XZL Milk Fruit Jelly School Bag, a candy product imported from the UK, due to concerns over choking risk.

The warning came after similar alerts from the Vietnamese Ministry of Health and the Food Standards Agency of the UK.

The product in question is packed in 600-gram bags and and its best before dates are September 1 and September 30, 2022.

Interdragon International Trading Co. Ltd and Asia Oriental Market Ltd, its manufacturer and distributor, have also recalled XZL Milk Fruit Jelly School Bag in the UK because the product contains Carrageenan, Sodium Alginate and Konjac that are not permitted as ingredients in jelly candy making.

Those gelling agents can impose a choking hazard due to the final product's consistency, solubility, shape, size and the manner of consumption. 

Each cube of jelly can be taken out of a cup or a capsule by taking off the cover and sucking strongly, so it may become stuck in the airway of an eater, the ministry explained.

In the UK, notices have been displayed at all retail stores where the candy is available, explaining to customers why the product is being recalled and advising them what to do if they have bought it.

Particularly, customers who have made a purchase are required to not eat the jelly, but return it to the stores for a full reimbursement. 

The Vietnamese trade ministry said that it is also reviewing scientifically the relationship between chemical and physical characteristics of the product, as well as different regulations between Vietnam and other countries regarding the issue before taking further actions.

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Bao Anh - Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre News

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