CPSC warns against all ‘roller ball’ candies after fatal incident: ‘Immediately stop purchasing’

(WHTM) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning against the purchase, distribution or use of any "roller ball" candy products, some of which were recently linked to two choking incidents, including one that resulted in the death of a child.

These types of candies are sold by multiple brands under different names but generally use a roller ball applicator to allow kids to eat liquid candy. The issue, according to the CPSC's new release, is that the ball itself can dislodge, posing a choking hazard.

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“CPSC urges consumers not to purchase or sell any candy of this type. Consumers should stop using and dispose of these products,” the agency said in a statement.

A recall was issued this week for Happiness USA Liquid Rolling Candy, one of several "roller ball candy type products" that prompted a warning from the CPSC. (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

In the release, the CPSC provided links to three recent recall announcements, including one recall issued this week for approximately 290,000 Happiness USA Liquid Rolling Candy products, which were sold nationwide.

The candy, sold by Twenty Four Six Foods, has been linked to a choking incident during which a 7-year-old required emergency surgery to "remove the rolling ball from his throat."

Other products discussed in the news release concerned Slime Licker Sour Rolling Licking Candy and Cocco Candy Rolling Candy, both of which were recalled in 2023. The latter candy is associated with the death of a 7-year-old girl in New York, who choked on the rolling ball in April 2023, the CPSC said.

Cocco Candy Rolling Candy products were recalled in 2023 following the choking death of a 7-year-old girl, the CPSC said. (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

In all cases, consumers were urged to stop using the candy immediately and take it away from children.

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Anyone wishing to report an incident stemming from the use of these or similar candies can do so with the CPSC at SaferProducts.gov.

"Each report is reviewed by our staff of investigators and consumer product safety experts to determine what actions should be taken to protect the American public," the agency writes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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