Why did this happen
This is not the first time that this has happened. In 2009 Lascell Malcom, a taxi driver from Haringey, died when he drank from a bottle of rum which had been used to smuggle cocaine into the country. The bottle was a present from an unknowing friend and it contained nearly a quarter of a kilo of pure cocaine. The bottle was traced back to Martin Newman, who was convicted of manslaughter and importing cocaine.
What can be done?
Anybody who is in possession of a bottle of Pear D should take it to their nearest police station and to call the Food Standards Agency on 0207 276 8488.