R&R Ice Cream is recalling three flavours of a ChokaBlok ice cream products in the UK over fears they are contaminated with fragments of broken lolly stick.
The UK-based firm, which also manufactures ice cream brands ‘Fab’ and ‘Skinny Cow’, initiated the recall after it emerged a manufacturing fault had left some products contaminated with the wood fragments.
The recall relates to three flavours of 3x80ml ChokaBlok ice cream multipacks – the Chocolate Extremist, the Peanut Butter Nutter and Billionaires Dynamite - with the ‘best before’ date up until and including October 2012, purchased from Tesco and One Stop stores.
An identical recall has since been initiated in the Republic of Ireland, according to a notice posted on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
"R&R Ice Cream Ltd is taking the precautionary measure of recalling certain batches of ChokaBlok ice cream stick products due to a small number of them potentially containing fragments of broken lolly stick," said a statement sent to DairyReporter.com.
"The company was alerted to the problem following a small number of isolated complaints from consumers and has taken immediate action to address it."
"R&R is currently thoroughly investigating the cause of the problem," said the statement.
R&R Ice Cream added that multipacks with a 'best before' date code after October 2012, ChokaBlok tubs and 100ml single ice creams were not affected by the production fault and have not been recalled.
Those who purchased the products have been urged not to consume them.
"The store recall includes notices at point of sale and front of store advising customers to return the products to any Tesco or One Stop store for a full refund. No receipt is required," the R&R Ice Cream statement added.
Identical FSAI recall
An identical recall notice has since been issued in the Republic of Ireland for the ice cream multipacks from Tesco stores in the country.
"A small number of ice creams may contain fragments of wood lolly stick broken during the production process," said the FSAI notification.