PARENTS have been warned of a fake cereal bar reportedly laced with CANNABIS being sold to schoolchildren.
Police and Trading Standards are investigating as the Astrosnacks brand allegedly targets kids in parts of the capital.
It is said to cause “extremely violent bouts of sickness and severe hallucinations”.
Rebecca Harris, St Alban’s primary and nursery school in Holborn, wrote to parents warning them to be “very careful” of anyone giving food to their children.
She wrote: “We have been informed that there is a snack being marketed to young children.
“The name of this snack is ‘Astrosnacks’ and the product has been the cause of extremely violent bouts of sickness and severe hallucinations.
“There has been an emergency warning issued by the Metropolitan police who are currently investigating the issue.”
The letter added: “At the moment the key areas being targeted are Islington, Archway and Highgate with reports that the focus could be shifting to the Camden area, so please be very careful in the event that anyone tries to give this product to your child.”
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London Trading Standards issued a warning to headteachers making them aware of the potentially dangerous snack – which features a cartoon alien on the packaging.
St James CofE Primary School in Bermondsey, South East London, issued an update to parents on its website quoting the Trading Standards notice.
It read: “Fake snack bar called ‘Astrosnacks’ – are being sold to children.
“They cause people to be violently sick and have severe hallucinations.
“The Met Police has been warning schools and parents to be alert.
“They are being sold around Islington, Highgate and Archway but may move into other parts of London.”
We have been made aware of an incident involving a possibly fake snack bar
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating – but are unable to fully substantiate the claim.
They said: “We have been made aware of an incident involving a possibly fake snack bar.
“No crime report has been made and the allegation has not been substantiated.
“Police have not been able to speak directly to the parties who were apparently affected.”
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A police source told The Telegraph that the bar is reportedly laced with cannabis resin.
But they added that the overall risk to children “was not substantial”.
The Sun Online has contacted Trading Standards for comment.
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