Popular “toxic waste” sweets are being recalled over fears children will choke on them.
Ahead of Halloween, food safety agencies have placed a “do not eat” alert on ten separate batches of Candy Dynamics’ Toxic Waste Slime Lickers.
The sweets are sold online and in American-style sweet shops across the UK.
There are fears that the candy’s rolling ball, which dispenses the sour liquid, could detach from the container and become trapped in a child’s throat.
Food safety agencies placed a “do not eat” alert on ten separate batches of Candy Dynamics Toxic Waste Slime Lickers. The product is sold online and in American-style sweet shops across the UK.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued the alert.
Manufacturer Candy Dynamics said the recall was vital to avoid a “choking hazard.”
Affects two- and three-ounce candy lots in blue razz, strawberry, black cherry, and sour apple flavors.
The ten affected lot codes include:
The numbers can be found on the side of the bottle, next to the barcode.
There are fears that the candy’s rolling ball, which dispenses the sour liquid, could detach from the container and become trapped in a child’s throat. Choking can often be resolved by coughing, hitting the back, or pushing on the chest. However, it can be fatal.
Candy Dynamics said it “places the safety of its products with the highest priority and we take our responsibility to our customers very seriously.”
A safety alert issued by the company adds: “In light of this, we are recalling Licker Licker Sour Rolling Liquid Candy.”
‘The applicator ball can become detached from the product packaging, posing a choking hazard to consumers.
“Consumers should immediately stop using Slime Licker Sour Rolling Liquid Candy, take it away from children, and request a full refund for a product that is not empty of liquid candy.”
Candy Dynamics also recommended customers take a photo of the non-empty product before completing an online registration form.
Meanwhile, the FSA said the product could also be returned to the store where it was purchased to discuss options for a full refund.
Asphyxiation occurs when a person’s airway is suddenly blocked, completely or partially, so they cannot breathe or breathe properly.
According to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, around 350 people die each year as a result of suffocation in the UK.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF A CHILD CHOKING?
If you can see the object, try to remove it. Do not touch blindly or repeatedly with your fingers. You could make matters worse by pushing the object further in and making it harder to remove.
If your child coughs hard, encourage him to keep coughing to bring up what he is choking on and don’t let him.
If your child’s cough is ineffective (it is silent or he cannot breathe properly), shout for help immediately and decide if he is still conscious.
If your child is still conscious, but is not coughing or his cough is ineffective, tap him on the back.
Back blows for babies under 1 year old:
- Sit up and lay your baby face down along your thigh or forearm, supporting his back and head with your hand.
- Give up to 5 strong blows to the back with the palm of one hand in the middle of the back, between the shoulder blades.
Back blows for children over 1 year old:
- Lay a toddler face down on your lap as you would a baby.
- If this is not possible, hold your child in a forward-leaning position and give him or her 5 back blows from behind.
If back blows do not relieve choking and your baby or child is still conscious, give chest thrusts to babies younger than 1 year old or abdominal thrusts to children older than 1 year old.
This will create an artificial cough, increasing pressure in the chest and helping to dislodge the object.
Source: National Health Service