The European Commission could impose a blanket European Union (EU) ban on the sale of jelly mini-cups, the gelatinous confectionary blamed for causing dangerous choking in young consumers.

This follows advice from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that any mini-cup made with a gel-forming additive “could cause choking and not just in children”. This was regardless of whether additives were made from seaweed, or another ingredient.

The assessment follows the European Commission’s banning in April of jelly mini-cups made with 16 additives, extending restrictions on cups containing konjac. This latest move had been prompted by complete national marketing bans in Austria, Britain, France and others.