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UK: Food Standards Agency issues reminder on jelly mini-cups ban

17/3/11  www.food.gov.uk

Jelly sweet

The Food Standards Agency has written to local authorities in the UK to remind them of the ban on a type of sweet called jelly mini-cups that could pose a choking risk to children. This follows recent seizures of the sweets by environmental health officers.

The European Commission banned the jelly mini-cups in 2004 due to concerns the sweets pose a choking hazard, particularly for children.

The soft, slippery jellies usually come in dome-shaped plastic cups. Children may suck out and swallow the sweet whole, and it is possible it might become lodged in the windpipe.

Sarah Appleby, head of enforcement at the Agency, said: ‘These sweets could cause choking and should not be on sale. We are reminding local authorities to take action if they find them in shops in their local areas.’

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