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Re: Food maker halts jelly production (bad news for konnyaku)

  • Subject: Re: Food maker halts jelly production (bad news for konnyaku)
  • From: Ken Mosher <ken@spatulacity.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 23:21:22 -0400

Congratulations, Julius, you've discovered that you're a Libertarian.

Isn't it a mistake that they claimed konnyaku is Amorphophallus 
paeoniifolius? The name "konnyaku" is pretty much a giveaway...


ju-bo@msn.com wrote:
> ----------------------------------------
>> Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:33:46 +0900
>> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
>> From: pjm@gol.com
>> Subject: [Aroid-l] Food maker halts jelly production (bad news for konnyaku)
> Dear All,
> This is so stupid that it makes me cringe!  !7 children and ''seniors''  in  13 years reportedly die from choking on konnyaku candy.  It would be of great interest to see how many died from say choking on whale meat, or a fish bone, or any food product or hard candy, or from eating puffer fish in the same time period.  Are ANY of these other items banned?   I bet not!   I wish that the ''powers'' that be would just stop trying to save me/us from ourselves!
> Julius
> WPB,
>>> 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 
>> Wednesday....
>> 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
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