‘Capsules’ found in icing sugar

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BRITISH SUGAR in Bury St Edmunds and police are carrying out further inquiries into a case of suspected product contamination.

It follows the discovery of a box of icing sugar containing 13 large, powder-filled capsules.

The Silver Spoon icing sugar, produced by British Sugar, at Bury St Edmunds, was bought by a woman, Tara Cason, from a Tesco store in Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, on Sunday, June 19.

Police were called in the next day and now a man, from the Suffolk area, has been arrested and released on police bail until September 21, on suspicion of product contamination.

Lincolnshire Police said in its statement that Silver Spoon had not recalled the product at this stage as it was not deemed necessary.

British Sugar has stressed that it appeared that it was an isolated incident.

Further investigations were underway and the company could not comment further until these were completed.

A British Sugar statement said: “Lincolnshire Police was notified by a member of the general public of a 1kg bag of icing sugar containing unidentifiable foreign bodies.

“The Police and the Silver Spoon Company instigated an immediate investigation to establish the composition of the extraneous bodies and their source.

“Initial analysis has established the foreign bodies pose no risk to human health.”

Lincolnshire Police said the item had been bought from the Tesco store in Market Rasen.

They had been notified on Monday, June 20. The icing sugar was recovered by Police and sent away for analysis.

Even though it has been revealed that the man arrested comes from ‘the Suffolk area’, British Sugar will not confirm whether or not he was an employee at its Bury St Edmunds factory, which produces sugar under the Silver Spoon name.

It is made by refining sugar beet grown all over the region.

British Sugar’s Bury St Edmunds factory forms a landmark for the town, clearly visible from its Hollow Road site, between the A14 and A143 Compiegne Way.