Canadian Food Inspection Agency issues safety hazard alert

he Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume assorted flavours of Three Fish brand Bidrico coconut/fruit jelly with Konjac powder, a mini cup dessert described below, as it poses a choking hazard.

  • Dec. 31, 2008 11:00 a.m.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume assorted flavours of Three Fish brand Bidrico coconut/fruit jelly with Konjac powder, a mini cup dessert described below, as it poses a choking hazard.

The affected product was sold in a 1 Kg Bear shaped plastic jar containing assorted flavours of Three Fish Bidrico coconut/fruit jelly cups. Product label list a UPC 4 560124 220389. The affected mini-cup jelly product is about the size of coffee creamer with rounded edges.

This product was imported from Vietnam by Seng Fung Distribution & Marketing Ltd., Vancouver, BC., and sold in Alberta and British Columbia.

There have been no choking incidents associated with the consumption of this product.

Over the years there have been reported fatalities associated with the consumption of certain mini-cup jelly products in Canada, United States, Australia and various Asian countries. Depending upon the size, shape and consistency mini-cup jelly products may become lodged in the throat and may be difficult to remove. There are some other mini-cup jelly products on the market that are not affected. The importer, Seng Fung Distribution and Marketing Ltd., Vancouver, B.C. is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit www.inspection.gc.ca.