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Man held after woman finds capsules in icing sugar

A man has been arrested on suspicion of product contamination after a woman found powder-filled capsules in a box of icing sugar.

Tara Cason, 31, bought the sealed box of Silver Spoon icing sugar in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, on Sunday.

She found 13 large powder-filled capsules while baking with her seven-year-old daughter.

A 41-year-old man was arrested in Suffolk. Tests are being carried out to find out what was in the capsules.

They are not believed to be harmful.

'Sandy-coloured powder'

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: "The Silver Spoon icing sugar, which was purchased at Market Rasen Tesco in Linwood Road, Market Rasen, was recovered by Lincolnshire officers and sent off for analysis.

"Initial tests show that the substance is not believed to be harmful, but further work is being done to establish its exact nature.

"Silver Spoon has not recalled the product at this stage as it is not deemed necessary."

A Silver Spoon spokesman said the company was aware of the incident and was co-operating with the police investigation.

"There is no suggestion this is anything other than an isolated incident and we do not intend to recall products," the spokesman said.

Mrs Cason said she found some "brown capsules" in the sugar with sandy-coloured powder inside.

She said she contacted the company's head office and then decided to contact the police, sparking an investigation.

She said: "You doubt yourself, you don't want to waste anybody's time but, regardless of what it is and whether it's harmful, it shouldn't be in any food packet."

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