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Lethal Sweets Still On Sale In Lancashire


News: Lethal Sweets Still On Sale In Lancashire

Friday, 23rd June 2004
(PR 1434)

Potentially lethal sweets that were banned two years ago are still on sale according to Lancashire County Council Trading Standards.

Regulations were introduced to ban "Jelly mini-cups" in 2002 after the 18 children died worldwide after choking on the sweets which contain various insoluble gelling agents. But despite being banned these products have recently been found on sale in Lancashire and action taken to remove them from sale.

The jelly is contained in small dome-shaped plastic cups, similar to a coffee-creamer container, with a peel-off foil lid.

County Councillor Doreen Pollitt, Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council, said:

"The sweets can pose a serious danger to children and were banned from sale in 2002. They are a novelty and can be attractive to small children but they present a serious choking hazard. We are urging parents and shopkeepers throughout the county to be on the lookout for them and seek advice from our Trading Standards Service if any are discovered."

Parents and shopkeepers who may see or stock these sweets should report them to Trading Standards on 01772 533771.

Notes for Editors

Jelly mini-cups were defined as jelly confectionery of a firm consistency, contained in semi-rigid mini cups or mini capsules, intended to be ingested in a singe bite and containing food additives derived from seaweed and/or certain gums.

The Food (Jelly Confectionery) (Emergency Control) (England) Regulations 2002 came into force on the 4 April 2002 and banned the sale of jelly confectionery containing the gelling agent Konjac. The regulations were extended in 2004 to include other insoluble gelling agents.

The Regulations are made under the European Communities Act 1972 and shops or wholesalers selling these items could face maximum fines of up to £5000.

Further details are available from Principal Trading Standards Officer Kevin Randall, telephone 01772 533771

For media enquiries only please contact: Martin Crabtree on 01772 533536


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