Tesco issues statement after parents say quadruple strength squash 'burns'

Tesco has issued a statement after parents said its new quadruple-strength pumpkin is “radioactive” and “burns” children’s mouths.

The new liqueur hit supermarket shelves last month in 12 different flavors, replacing the previous double-strength pumpkin.

It was sold by Tesco as a stronger drink in a smaller bottle in a bid to avoid plastic, it just needed to be diluted more, reports The mirror.

The new super-strength squash is also better for the savvy shopper, with each serving costing just 1.8p, compared to 2p per serving for double-strength juice.

But many families were unhappy with the new pumpkin option, claiming that its quadruple strength causes skin irritation.

“My nephew couldn’t drink the stuff because his mouth started to tingle. It’s radioactive to say the least,” wrote Melissa Kent.

There were other similar comments, with one mum saying, “Has anyone else been burned by the Tesco quadruple strength pumpkin?”

And Sheila Howell says she was told to seek medical help after her three-year-old grandson got undiluted liquor on his skin.

She claimed: “His skin turned bright red and it took over an hour to come off. He felt a certain uneasiness. I wonder what happens to your insides when you drink this.”

But Tesco has said there is nothing unusually strong about the new liqueur and that there is “nothing to suggest” the new stronger strain could do any harm.

Tesco, The Sun reported, said: “When properly diluted, our quadruple strength squash has the same strength as our other squash products.

“When consumed undiluted or improperly diluted, it becomes more potent. However, there is nothing to suggest that this could cause any harm. The dilution instructions are clearly visible on the label.”

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