Painkillers found in ice cream in the U.K. are the subject of an intense police investigation. The painkillers were found in full tablet form in four-packs of Tesco brand ice cream. North Yorkshire Police are currently investigating the situation, according to eCanadaNow on Jan. 1, 2014.
Tesco is urging consumers in England to return Tesco 4 Chocolate & Nut Ice Cream Cones (pack size 4 x 110ml) with sell-by dates through July of 2014 to the stores for a full refund after full-sized tablets of painkillers were found in two separate cones in stores in different parts of the country.
Painkillers are not considered to be life-threatening in small amounts. While police is on alert and conducting an intense investigation, Tesco has announced that it is launching an investigation alongside the Food Standards Agency.
North Yorkshire Police released the following statement:
North Yorkshire Police have been notified that an ice cream product manufactured in North Yorkshire and distributed nationwide for Tesco stores has been recalled due to a pain relief tablet being found within two separate items. This has been risk assessed as a low risk to public health and North Yorkshire Police will now be working closely with Tesco, the product manufacturer, The Food Standard Agency and health professionals to establish how and where this contamination occurred.