Family finds catheter in ice cream; being tested for HIV

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A Canadian family has to undergo HIV testing after finding a catheter in a tub of pecan ice cream. The family had gathered in Quebec over the weekend to celebrate the birth of a baby boy when the baby’s grandfather went to pick up Coaticook’s pecan ice cream at a nearby store.

Carole-Anne Christofferson, a family member, said that the grandfather was eating the ice cream when he suddenly bit down on a hard object.

At first, he thought it was a pecan, but soon realized it was actually a part of an intravenous catheter, a medical instrument primarily used to remove fluid from a patient’s body.

Three other people also ate from the dessert tub, but the grandfather is at the greatest risk because the tip of the syringe was in his mouth. The family noticed something dark on the tip of the medical device but were not certain whether it was caramel or blood.

As a precaution, everyone who ate from the tub will be tested for HIV, as well as Hepatitis A, B, and C.

Coaticook owner Jean Provencher said he was “baffled” by the incident. Provencher contacted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to investigate what happened.

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