Parents were warned yesterday about fruit jellies that have been linked to the deaths of 16 children.

The jellies, which come in small plastic tubs, could shoot to the back of the mouth if sucked out and then get stuck in the throat if swallowed, the Food Standards Agency said. Concern centres on three brands – ABC Mini Fruit Bites, New Choice Mini Fruit Gels, and Rolin Mango Jelly Cup.

Eight children in Japan, three in America, one in Canada, two in Taiwan, one in Australia and one in Hong Kong have died after choking on the dome-shaped sweets.

Suzi Leather, deputy chairwoman of the agency, said: "The weight of evidence clearly indicates that these products present a risk to children. They should be removed from the market immediately." But she warned that jellies sold in small shops might not be cleared from shelves quickly.