Mini jelly cups containing konjac are a choking hazard and are banned from sale in Australia.
Mini jelly cups are small jellies no more than 45mm high or wide, often sold in multi-packs. The jellies are designed for consumers to suck the jelly out of the cup.
Konjac is a binding food additive that comes from the root of the konnyaku plant. Konjac is also known as:
- taro powder
- yam flour.
Konjac does not dissolve easily when eaten, so if 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.
- Jelly cups without konjac are available for sale in Australia, and are not dangerous. Check the ingredients labels when purchasing to ensure jelly cups do not contain konjac.