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[caption id="attachment_76781" align="aligncenter" width="180"]painkillers found in ice cream painkillers found in ice cream[/caption]Painkillers Found in Tesco Ice Cream, Recall Initiated

Four-packs of Tesco brand ice cream with sell-by dates through July of 2014 are being taken off the shelves in England after traces of pain killers were discovered in the ice cream in December. Consumers who have purchased Tesco brand ice cream with these sell-by dates are encouraged to return the ice cream to the store for a refund.

It is currently unknown exactly how the pain killers ended up in the ice cream to begin with. Police are currently investigating the situation, but believe that the pain killers had to have been placed into the ice cream by a Tesco employee at some point during the manufacturing process. Tesco has announced that it is launching an investigation alongside the Food Standards Agency and will keep the public informed with any new developments.

The pain killers found in Tesco brand ice cream were found in full tablet form in November of 2013. While pain killers themselves are not inherently dangerous, it is currently unknown whether other pills or contaminants may have ended up in the ice cream.

As a precautionary measure, then, a recall has been issued and the police has begun its investigation in many of the Tesco manufacturing plants potentially involved in the contamination.

A Tesco spokesman said: "As a precautionary measure, we have issued a product recall on a Tesco chocolate and nut ice-cream cone product after two individual cones were found to contain a tablet for pain relief. We are urgently investigating this incident with our supplier and ask customers to return this product to their local store."

The products were sold at several Tesco locations in the UK.

Here is the official press release:

Product details

The product being recalled from consumers is:

Tesco 4 Chocolate & Nut Ice Cream Cones
Pack size: 4 x 110ml
Best before dates: All date codes up to and including July 2014
Tesco has recalled the affected products from consumers on a precautionary basis. Product recall notices will be placed in stores, explaining the reason for recall.

If you have bought the product listed, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund or contact Tesco customer services on 0800 50 55 55.

No other Tesco products are known to be affected.

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If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The Food Standards Agency issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

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Sean is a London (Ontario) based writer, and has been writing full-time for eCanadaNow since May of 2005, covering Canadian topics and world issues. Since 2009, Sean has been the lead editor for eCanadaNow. Prior to his work writing and editing for the eCanadaNow, he worked as a freelancer for several Canadian newspapers.. You can contact Sean at {Sean at ecanadanow.com] Google

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