South African sweet manufacturing company Richester Foods says it will conduct an internal investigation into the safety of its products after 46 KwaZulu-Natal pupils fell ill after allegedly consuming its XPOP Energy Red Dragon lollipops. Richester has also apologised for any alarm or inconvenience to its customers, saying it was gravely concerned following the allegations. News24 quotes the company as saying that it had deployed its tracking and tracing systems to identify the exact product batch in question, namely lot number 09/004 which was manufactured on 28 September 2021. It said it had submitted product samples of this specific batch of lollipops for independent chemical and microbiological testing with the results expected next Tuesday. All unsold lollipops from that batch have subsequently been recalled.
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