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Banned sweets found on sale in UK

23 January 2014

A banned brand of sweets have been found on sale during a routine inspection of a Vietnamese supermarket in the London area.

New Choice brand Mini Fruity Gels are jelly mini-cup sweets and are a possible choking hazard. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action to local authorities. The FSA warns that if consumers have bought one of these products they should not eat it.

Jelly mini cups are not allowed to contain a number of additives, including ‘alginic acid’ (E400), ‘agar’ (E406), ‘Carrageenan’ (E407) and ‘processed euchema seaweed’ (407a), because they are a possible choking hazard. As these additives are included in this product they are in breach of the legislation.

Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records for these products.

The two products that were found are New Choice brand ‘Tropical’ Mini Fruity Gels and New Choice brand ‘Taro’ Mini Fruity Gels.

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