NEWMARKET, N.H. — Police and the Food and Drug Administration have launched an investigation after several people who were sickened by ice cream that they consumed at a cafe in New Hampshire tested positive for THC, officials announced Friday.
Investigators are currently looking into reports of several people who fell ill after eating “Angelo’s Amore” brand ice cream at Roots Local Cafe and Catering at 55 Main Street in Newmarket, according to the Newmarket Police Department.
On March 17 and 18, a number of unrelated Roots customers began checking themselves into area hospitals with an array of symptoms including severe dizziness, weakness, and “exceptionally high” heart rates, officials said.
Some of those who were sickened tested positive for THC -- the primary psychoactive component in marijuana. All of the victims have since recovered.
Roots has been cooperative with investigators, and they immediately forfeited their ice cream for testing, police noted.
In a statement, Roots said they were “very upset” about the incident and said the ice cream was made by a previous owner:
“The ice cream was all the same flavor, coffee oreo. After blood tests came back from the victims it was found to be THC. We pulled the ice cream right away and called the police right away. The previous owner took the blame for the ice cream he made. This is very bad for business and for the people who got sick,” the cafe said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Newmarket detective Zach Wedgeworth at 603-659-8505.
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