Did You Know?!
In the European Union each year, an estimated 50,000 children (14 years or younger) have a choking episode.[Ref:1476]
Gel candies (also known as Fruit Poppers, Jelly Yum, Jelly Mini Cups and Mini Fruity Gels) are the world’s most lethal choking hazard.
Made from Konjac, these candies are usually sold in a coffee-creamer-sized packages. Sadly, in this size and shape, they can completely block the larynx, like a rubbery cork between the vocal cords.
Konjac is also known as devil’s tongue, konjaku, voodoo lily, snake palm and fibrous elephant yam.
These candies were promoted as a “health food” in some Pacific Rim countries.
In Japan, they became known as “the deadly mouthful”.
Konjac is often used to make Bubble Tea pearls (or cubes), which can shoot up a straw & into the airway.
ALERT!! … Unbelievable…
A 2 year old baby died a few hours ago, after choking on a gel candy, bought by his parents in a grocery store in Bolivar City, a popular neighbourhood in Bogota, Colombia.
Little Juan Esteban was chewing the gel candy and suddenly it got stuck into his throat, blocking his breathing.
His parents took him immediately to the Emergency Room of the local Health Centre, but he arrived without vital signs.
Police and personnel from the District Attorney office attended the hospital to inspect the body, next to the devastated little one’s parents and relatives.