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WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Friday recalled 16,000 packages of mini-cup gel candies sold nationwide because they were deemed a choking hazard, Reuters reports.
The candy is sold under the names of Mother's Pride and NATA, and the label describes the candy as a mini-fruit bite. The candy comes in small sealed plastic cups that contain gelatin. Some also have a chunk of fruit.
The candies contain the ingredient "konjac," which is also known as conjac, konnyaku, yam flour or glucomannan.
FDA said this type of candy poses a serious choking risk, particularly to infants, children and the elderly.
Three children have died choking on this kind of jelly candy in the United States, and similar choking deaths have been reported in other countries, the agency said.
Houston-based Budget Promotions distributes the candy and cooperated with the FDA to voluntarily recall the product.
Consumers are urged to return the candy to the place of purchase for a full refund.