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Safe Consumption of Konjac Jellies

What are konjac jellies?

Cup jellies have become a fad in snacks in recent years. They usually come in a range of fruity flavours, some of which even contain a small piece of fruit or konjac to attract consumers. They are a favourite with children because the jelly, contained in mini cups, can be consumed anywhere without refrigeration.

Why should konjac jellies be consumed with care?

Konjac jellies are so small that people tend to suck them out directly into the mouth. They are harder than ordinary jellies and do not dissolve easily in the mouth. Sucking also makes it difficult to break a jelly into pieces and causes the jelly to block the windpipe easily. Overseas reports have pointed out that konjac jellies, consumed improperly, could block the windpipe and even suffocate consumers.

How to consume konjac jellies safely?

While konjac jellies are safe for consumption, consuming them improperly can cause accidents easily. The following precautionary measures should be taken when consuming mini cup konjac jellies:

‧ Avoid sucking the jellies.
‧ Cut the jellies into small pieces before consumption.
‧ Children and the elderly should take great care when consuming konjac jellies.

What can manufacturers do to reduce the risks related to consumption of konjac jellies?

Manufacturers should consider improving the design of the products, especially their size. A warning should be added on the package to remind consumers to take care when eating the jelly.

What has the Government done to ensure safe consumption of konjac jellies?

The Government has stepped up publicity through various channels on safe consumption of konjac jellies. It has called on parents to teach their children the correct way to eat konjac jellies instead of sucking the jellies out directly to avoid any mishaps. By offering suggestions to manufacturers, the Government has also urged them to improve the design of the products and attach warning labels on the products.

Through the tripartite cooperation of the public, the manufacturers and the Government, we can all have a great time while enjoying konjac jellie

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