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Painkillers found in ice cream: Drugs mysteriously get into product

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An instance of painkillers found in ice cream is being investigated by police in North Yorkshire, England. CP Europe reports Jan. 1 that a certain amount of Tesco-brand ice cream has been contaminated with drugs and removed from supermarket shelves.

Reports of food contamination began in November when pills were discovered in the product. A police spokesperson said the investigation has been difficult in determining if the spiked ice cream was done on purpose or accidentally. However, if the painkillers found in the ice cream were accidental, the spokesperson said "there would not have been the level of resources available."

R&R manufactures the product in Europe and is reportedly reviewing its manufacturing process following the recall. R&R also manufactures other leading brands of food throughout the continent.

The human resources director at R&R claims "the painkillers could not have been added by someone in the Tesco stores and had to be done by someone working in the factories."

The report said that the supermarket "is taking four-packs of the ice cream off the shelves with sell-by dates up to and including July 2014" as a safety precaution. Tesco is recalling the product and is advising consumers not to eat it.

As 2014 gets underway, Tesco and its manufacturer faces scrutiny of painkillers found in ice cream products. Food recalls are put out more often than brand names care to deal with. Putting drugs in ice cream is a hideous thing to do. Hopefully the culprits will be caught and punished for their actions soon.

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