This study compares and analyzes separate court rulings in three countries on "mini-cup jelly" (a firm jelly containing konjac and packaged in bite-sized plastic cups) from a food ethics perspective. While the Korean and US courts decided that the mini-cup jelly was defective, and that the manufacturers or importers were liable for damages in these cases, the Japanese court took an opposing stance in favor of the manufacturer. However, from an absolute and fundamental viewpoint, the jelly was unacceptable, ethically as well as legally, because it was unsafe, unwholesome, and unfit for children's consumption. I argue that the ignoring or sidelining of fundamental principles of food ethics, especially "respect for life," was at the core of these cases. If the manufacturers and importers had considered and prioritized the principles of food ethics over and above big sales and profits, the choking accidents could have been prevented. To conclude, it is very important to minimize risks by applying the principles of food ethics at the outset before any accidents can occur.
|Publication Title||Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics|
|Author Address||Department of Food Science and Nutrition, The Catholic University of Korea, 43 Jibong-ro, Wonmi-gu, Buchon, Kyonggi-do 422-743, Korea Republic.firstname.lastname@example.org|
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