Painkillers found in a popular brand name of ice cream were added to the ice cream deliberately, report police. The Tesco brand of ice cream was removed from grocery store shelves after several consumers reported finding the painkiller pills in the ice cream, according to the Christian Post on Jan.1.
An investigation is underway to find the culprit who spiked England’s Tesco brand of ice cream with the painkillers. R&R, the biggest ice cream maker in Europe is the manufacturer of the Tesco brand of ice cream.
While the company is reviewing its manufacturing procedure, the pills could not have been added to the ice cream by someone in the Tesco stores. It looks from the way the packages are sealed that the medication had to be added in the factory.
This is concerning for the R&R company as it manufactures other popular brands of ice cream. The major crime unit in North Yorkshire is the unit leading the inquiry into this tampering of ice cream.
The many factors of this investigation has presented the authorities with a challenge. First they needed to determine if it was a deliberate or accidental act, which they do believe it was a deliberate. Now they are tracing the shipments of the ice cream and trying to find who actually spiked the ice cream with the pain pills.
While focusing on the investigation, police had to also notify the public of what was found in the ice cream. A product recall of the ice cream has been issued. A spokesperson for the Food Standards Agency said:
“If you have bought the product, do not eat it.”