IFN 09-20 – Mini jelly cups containing konjac (updated)

Date of effect: 4 November 2020

Supersedes IFN 13-19: Mini jelly cups containing konjac issued 12 August 2019.

Purpose

To remind importers that mini jelly cups containing konjac having a height or width of less than or equal to 45mm are banned for sale under the Australian Consumer Law within the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Mini jelly cups are small confectionery products often sold in multi-packs.

Key points

  • A product ban is in place on mini jelly cups containing konjac because there is a risk they may cause serious injury or death from choking.
  • Mini jelly cups containing konjac are prohibited under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.
  • Mini jelly cups containing konjac identified at inspection will be referred to the Australian Border Force and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
  • Further information about the product ban on mini jelly cups is available on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website.

Instructions

Importers of mini jelly cups must ensure the products they import do not include konjac as an ingredient.

Background

Konjac is a binding food additive that comes from the root of the konnyaku plant.  When eaten, it does not dissolve easily.  Konjac is also known as ‘konjac flour’, ‘konjaku’, ‘konnyaku’ ‘conjac’, ‘konjonac’, ‘glucomannan’, ‘yam flour’, ‘yam powder’, ‘taro flour’ and ‘taro  powder’ and is obtained from the tuber of the Amorphophallus spp.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2020
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