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Mini jelly cups containing konjac

Mini jelly cups containing konjac

Mini jelly cups containing konjac are small jellies no more than 45mm high or wide that are often sold in multi-packs. The jellies are designed for consumers to suck the jelly out of the cup — an action that can cause the jelly to become stuck in a person's throat. Because konjac does not dissolve easily when eaten, when a jelly lodges in a person's throat, it can act as a plug that cuts off air supply. People have died after choking on mini jelly cups containing konjac.

As a result, mini jelly cups containing konjac are banned in Australia.

Jelly cups without konjac are available and are not dangerous. If you are buying jelly cups, check the label to ensure they do not contain konjac, also known as:

  • glucomannan
  • conjac 
  • konnyaku 
  • konjonac 
  • taro powder
  • yam flour.
Bans

Bans

The permanent ban on jelly cups containing konjac was declared on 21 April 2004. This page includes information on hazards and how to comply with the ban.
Recalls

Recalls

Check www.recalls.gov.au for any recalls related to this page.

Myths

It is a myth that all konjac is dangerous.

Legal cases and undertakings

Date commenced: 18th February 2010
Between August 2008 to August 2009, Sony Trading Pty Ltd, an Australian importer and distributor of food and beverages, imported banned mini jelly cup products containing konjac which can cause choking.

Injury case studies

Date commenced: 10th February 2010
Choking or death can occur if a mini jelly cup containing konjac swells in the throat.

Statistics

  • 17 children and elderly people across the world died after choking on mini jelly cups containing konjac from 1995 to 2008.

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