Import ban on jelly sweets

Last updated:
22 January 2014
There are restrictions within the EU on the additives permitted in certain jelly confectionery because there is a risk of choking. These sweets are widely available in Japan and the Far East.

The use in jelly mini-cups of certain additives specified in Annex II of Regulation 1333/2008, and the sale of these jelly mini-cups, is prohibited. Jelly mini-cups are defined as:

  • confectionery of a firm consistence, contained in semi-rigid mini-cups or mini-capsules, intended to be ingested in a single bite by exerting pressure on the mini-cup or mini-capsule to project the confectionery into the mouth

In addition, the use of E425 konjac in all jelly confectionery, including jelly mini-cups, and the sale of such confectionery, is not permitted under Regulation 1333/2008.

These provisions are enforced by way of The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (England) Regulations 2013.

Similar provisions apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.