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Chocolate sex spread taken off shelves over chemical fears
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:00 PM on 18th October 2008
Food scare: Ann Summers has withdrawn three chocolate products from China
Sex shops have been forced to remove a novelty chocolate spread from their shelves over fears that it may contain a toxic chemical.
Thousands of cans of the spread, bought by couples to spice up their love lives, have been removed from outlets of the Ann Summers chain after tests showed they contain melamine.
Levels were 100 times above the limits imposed by the European commission.
The industrial chemical has been at the centre of a massive scare in China after four babies died and 54,000 children under two fell ill from drinking milk products adulterated with it.
The action by Ann Summers follows a warning issued by the Food Standards Agency.
Affected products include a chocolate nipple spread, a similar 'Chocolate-flavoured Willy Spread' and a pack that contains a chocolate-flavoured 'body pen' - all made in China by a manufacturer called Le Bang.
Food safety chiefs in Brussels have ordered the destruction of all Chinese imports containing more than 2.5milligrams of milk products per kg.
The nipple spread contained 259mg/kg, the willy spread 153mg/kg and the body pen 126mg/kg.
The FSA said it had never previously had to call for the withdrawal of products of this kind.
'This is a first. We've never had to put out an alert before on willy spread, chocolate-flavoured or otherwise,' said a spokesman.
He said anyone who had used the products had little to worry about, adding: 'The risk from these products is very low and it's very unlikely to be harmful.'
Ann Summers said it had now removed the items from its shelves.