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Sweet factory in probe as mum finds painkiller.

Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.co.uk

FRESH claims about contaminated confectionery have emerged about a factory at the centre of a probe.

Mum-of-four Sharon Reilly bit on what she thought was a jelly bean from a bag of Rowntrees Pick and Mix, only to find it was a liquid ibuprofen capsule.

She spat the capsule into the bin after it sprayed 'foul tasting' liquid in her mouth but she later fished it out and sent it to Nestle, along with a complaint.

Nestle, the firm that runs the factory in Fawdon, Newcastle, sent the pill for analysis, confirming it was ibuprofen, and offered Ms Reilly PS20 as a 'goodwill gesture'.

Ms Reilly, who works as a part-time hotel receptionist in Peterborough, said: "They are kids' sweets, if a kid or someone allergic to ibuprofen had bitten into it, it could have been serious.

"They have offered me PS20 towards my next purchase but it feels like I'm being told to shut up."

Nestle revealed the sweets were packed at the Fawdon plant on January 16 and Ms Reilly said she bought them in Peterborough in July.

Until recently Ms Reilly was unaware of the ongoing police investigation after prescription drugs were found on the Jelly Tot production line in August. Both police and Nestle have refused to confirm the exact identity of those tablets.

She added: "If it's once you know accidents can happen, but twice is worrying. It's not enough for them to say they don't know what happened."

A Nestle spokesperson: "We conducted a full investigation but we could find nothing to indicate that the tablet entered the product in our factory.

"The tablet found by the consumer was identified as ibuprofen which is not the same type of tablet that we found in the factory in August.

"There is nothing to suggest that the incidents are related. The police investigation into the tablets found in our factory is ongoing. We have extensive quality procedures in place and we can reassure consumers that all our products are completely safe."

Northumbria Police said an investigation into the incident in August is ongoing.

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