Hounslow Council

Dangerous sweets warning

Thu, 23 January 2014

Parents, shoppers and traders have been warned to look out for a dangerous brand of children’s sweets which can cause choking by Hounslow Council’s  food safety team today (23 January).

The warning came after a council environmental health officer found New Choice brand ‘Mini Fruity Gels’ (Jelly mini-cups) on sale at a supermarket in the borough.

Juliet Isitt, food safety manager at Hounslow Council said: “One of my officers discovered the sweets after we received a warning from the Food Standards Agency.

“I would advise people not to buy these sweets as they contain a number of additives which could cause choking.

The offending sweets - Mini Fruity Gels

“If anyone has bought them, the advice is simple: do not eat them, and contact the food safety team foodsafety@hounslow.gov.uk or 020 8583 5153. We will visit the shop where they were bought and remove any others from sale.  Any trader selling the sweets should immediately contact me.”

The sweets can be identified as New Choice brand ‘Tropical’ and ‘Taro’ Mini Fruity Gels in 1 kg plastic tubs.

The sweets contain a number of additives, including alginic acid (E400) agar (E406), arrageenan (E407) and processed euchema seaweed (407a) as they may pose a choking hazard. These additives, which are included in these sweets, breach legislation.

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