European Union ministers have been asked to agree a permanent ban on the use of the additive konjac in jelly mini-cups and similar jelly confectionery, because of concerns about how consumers have choked to their deaths on the sweets. Konjac prevents the jelly dissolving and so was subject to a temporary ban this April by the European Commission. Now Brussels has asked EU ministers to make this ruling permanent by amending Directive 95/2/EC on food additives other than colours and sweeteners which currently authorises certain uses of konjac (E425).