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A British mum has shared her horror after discovering 'black sludge' inside ice lollies that she bought from a Wilko store. Watch below:
Stephenie, 32, from Kent, revealed that she bought the Fruit Shoot Squeezee Pops from a branch in Westwood Cross Shopping Centre, Thanet, Kent on the afternoon of 26 July.
She had been planning to give the treat to her one-year-old son, but when she opened up the ice lollies, she was disgusted to find black sludge.
The ice lollies come as a liquid inside a freezable packet.
Stephanie said: "My child, who is nearly two, is totally addicted to ice poles, he loves them especially in this hot weather.
"These were his favourite ones and he was eating one that was previously frozen at the time.
"I opened the outer packaging of one of the new packs I had just purchased and the first thing that I saw was loads of black covering the inside if the outer packaging and also over the ice poles.
"Then as I lifted them out the pack there were multiple ice poles with black sludge inside still sealed.
"It was gross."
A thick, black substance was inside the ice lollies instead of the treat, and Stephanie was very glad she checked them before giving them to her son.
The mum added: "[I was] disgusted and felt sick as this is such a well-known product and brand.
"I know that mistakes happen in factories etc but was more concerned [about] other children eating them."
When asked if she will be checking her son's ice lollies in future for foreign substances, she said: "Yes, definitely.
"For any black substance in the packaging and I will be definitely washing all ice poles before I freeze them going forward as you just don't know what they have touched and your little ones put these in their mouth."
Social media users were shocked when Stephanie shared what she'd unknowingly bought from Wilko.
One questioned: "What is that?"
"I've been living off these for the past three weeks," added a second while a third appeared to joke: "Extra protein."
A fourth sarcastically described them as a 'yum' while a fifth remarked: "Looks like primordial soup."
A Wilko spokesperson issued the following statement about the incident: "We're sorry for this customer's experience and will look into this as a priority with our suppliers. We are of course happy to provide a refund.”
Robinsons - which is owned by Britvic - told Tyla: "While this is not a Britvic product, it is made and marketed under the FruitShoot brand which we have licensed to trusted partners. It is clear that the product does not meet the high quality standards expected from the brand and we have been assured by our partners that they are investigating the matter thoroughly."
Featured Image Credit: Jam Press
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