Another recall of gel candy due to choking hazard

Thursday, January 31st 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Los Angeles company is recalling its brand of an Asian-made jelly candy because children could choke on it.

Anhing Corp.'s recall of Rolin brand ``Lychee Nata de Coco Jelly'' is the latest in a string of recalls of conjac jelly candy, containing an ingredient also known as konjac or yam flour.

Six U.S. children have died from this type of sticky candy, sold under dozens of brand names by myriad small companies that Food and Drug Administration inspectors are struggling to track down and pull from the market.

The FDA has stopped imports and repeatedly warned that parents who already have bought the once-popular treats should not let their children eat them. Regardless of the brand name, the brightly colored gel candies come in mouth-sized servings in small plastic cups, often with a piece of fruit embedded inside. The fruit doesn't readily dissolve in the mouth _ and rescue workers have reported being unable to dislodge the sticky gel from the throats of choking children.

Anhing's announcement Thursday marks the latest brand recalled. Its Rolin brand is sold in 10.5-ounce bags and 53.5-ounce tubs.

While the FDA said no deaths were associated with this particular brand, it said consumers should not eat the candy but return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may call the company at 1-323-221-8003.