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Food maker halts jelly production (bad news for konnyaku)

  • Subject: Food maker halts jelly production (bad news for konnyaku)
  • From: Peter Matthews <pjm@gol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:33:46 +0900

Japan Times

(9th October 2008, front page, a national English-language daily):

Food maker halts jelly production

17 children, seniors choked to death on 'konnyaku' since '95.

MannanLife Co., Japan's largest maker of "konnyaku" (devil's tongue) 
jelly, said it halted production and shipment of all products 

Article by M. Matsutani and A. Martin


My thoughts: those jellies were badly-designed, over-packaged, 
over-processed mouth-sized, throat-blocking products.

Konnyaku (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) itself is a great plant, and 
the traditional jelly product comes in safe large blocks or as 
noodles that can be used in dozens of ways in ordinary Japanese 
cooking. We can find it in every supermarket, and although the mannan 
has no direct nutritional role (it is indigestible), the jelly (more 
like soft rubber) does fill the belly and helps digestion generally. 
It is probably the original slimming product.


Peter Matthews (Dr)
Field Sciences Laboratory
Department of Social Research
National Museum of Ethnology
Senri Expo Park, Suita City,  
Osaka 565-8511, Japan

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