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Tuesday, 20th July 2010
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Japanese jelly safety standards under review

The Japanese government is planning on setting up a new safety standard group for the savoury jelly snack konnyaku, after a number of choking deaths linked to the food.

According to a report in the Telegraph, the government is concerned about the safety of eating the food and believes there needs to be guidelines put in place to protect eaters.

The konnyaku jelly is made from the starch of subtropical plant Devil's Tongue but the elastic feel of the food means it can get stuck in people's throats a lot easier than some other products.

Figures from the Consumer Affairs Agency reported by the newspaper suggest that as many as 22 people have choked on the jelly over the past 16 years. More than 30 others were also in need of treatment after eating the food stuff.

Other popular snacks in Japan include endamame beans, which are often eaten cold and sprinkled with salt.

Written by Kimberley Homer.