A brand of fruit-flavored lollipops has been urgently recalled because of their ‘sharp’ sticks.
Health chiefs have warned parents that the pointy ends of Candy Stars Lollipops could injure children.
The product, made by Bumerang Ltd of Harlow, was given a ‘do not eat’ label by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Apple, orange, strawberry and various fruit flavors with an expiration date of December 15, 2024 must be returned to stores, where customers can get a refund.
The confections in question are sold in 90 g packs containing three lollipops and with batch code 816123.
Food safety watchdogs said Candy Stars Lollipops made by Harlow-based Bumerang Ltd have been recalled. Apple, orange, strawberry and various fruit flavors with an expiration date of December 15, 2024 must be returned to stores, where customers can get a refund
The FSA, which published the warning, calls back when problems are found with food, meaning it cannot be sold.
It warned that the lollipop stick “contains a sharp end in the product which may be harmful to health”.
‘If you have bought the above products, do not eat them. Instead, return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund,” the FSA added.
Bumerang is recalling the products and notices will be posted in shops selling the lollipops explaining what customers can do once they have purchased it. Health chiefs did not immediately say in which stores the lollipops are sold.
It comes because last night the FSA urged customers not to consume protein powder for fear it contains “potentially lethal” amounts of caffeine.
Home Bargains has recalled 1.5 kg bags of Sci-Mx Nutrition Ultra Muscle Strawberry Flavor with an expiration date of March 2025.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said testing of the product showed it contained more than 5,000mg (5g) of caffeine per serving.
If consumers followed the advice on the packaging to take two servings per day, they would receive a daily dose of more than 10,000 mg (10 g).
For most individuals, 10 g of caffeine can be a lethal dose, the FSA warned, but doses as low as 3 g have been identified as lethal for certain susceptible individuals.
Tina Potter, the FSA’s head of incidents, said: ‘If you have purchased this product, do not risk consuming it.
High levels of caffeine can cause anxiety, insomnia, agitation, palpitations, diarrhea and restlessness, and individuals with mental illness may experience exacerbated psychosis.
“In this case, the exceptionally high caffeine levels could make the consequences even more serious and perhaps deadly.”
Affected products can be recognized by the batch code, W110429, which can be found on the packaging next to the best before date.