Rong Shing Trading NY Inc. is recalling its 21.1-ounce packs of Xi Zhi Liang Fruit Jelly Cups because they may pose a choking hazard. According to an alert posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the small-size jelly cups containing konjac powder have previously been linked to choking deaths of children. Small konjac powder jelly cups are presently under FDA import alert and are not permitted to be sold in the United States because of this issue.
Details of the Recall
The recalled jelly cups were distributed nationwide in retail food stores. The product comes in pink, yellow and blue plastic backpacks with numerous individual plastic jelly cups inside each backpack, and a toy car pouch on the front of the plastic backpack. So far, no choking incidents have been reported to date in connection with these products.
The potential choking hazard was noted during a routine inspection by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Consumers who purchased packs of these jelly cups are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns are asked to contact the company at 718-308-1177 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children and Choking Hazards
There are a number of choking hazards for children caused by a range of products from food items to toys. A child usually chokes when an object is stuck in the trachea or the airway. When this occurs, air cannot flow normally into or out of the lungs. As a result, the child can’t breathe properly. Sometimes, an object can get into the trachea and completely block the airway.
When that happens, the airflow into and out of the lungs is blocked, and the brain could be deprived of oxygen as a result. This type of situation could prove life-threatening. A child may be choking and need help right away if he or she can’t breathe, is gasping for air, can’t talk, cry or make a noise, turns blue or becomes limp or unconscious.
If your child has been injured by defectively designed or poorly manufactured product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturing seeking compensation for the injuries, damages and losses. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to help you better understand your legal rights and options.