Urgent 'do not eat' warning issued over ice creams that may contain metal

Magnum Ice Cream
Unilever is recalling Magnum Almond Ice Cream Sticks -Credit:Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

A 'do not eat' alert has been issued for a popular ice cream brand following the discovery that some of its products may contain pieces of plastic or metal. Unilever, the manufacturer of Magnum Almond Ice Cream Sticks (3x100ml), is recalling the affected items due to the potential presence of these materials, rendering the product unsafe for consumption.

The specific batches involved in the recall are those with Batch Code L3338, L3339, L3340, L3341, and L3342, all with a best before date by the end of December 2025.

Customers will find point of sale notices in all shops selling the product, providing an explanation for the recall and instructions for consumers who have purchased the item.

The warning states: "If you have bought the above product do not eat it. Instead, any customers with queries or concerns can contact the careline team for further guidance on 0800146252 or email ukicare@unilever.com."

In cases where a food product is deemed unsellable, it may be 'withdrawn' from shelves or 'recalled' for customer returns. The Food Standards Agency communicates such issues through Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to inform both consumers and local authorities about food-related problems, reports Bristol Live.

In certain instances, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This gives local authorities the necessary details to take specific actions on behalf of consumers.