Pot Noodle recalled over hot liquid leak riskHundreds of thousands of pots pulled from shelves

13 April 2007

Hundreds of thousands of Pot Noodles have been pulled from shelves because they might leak hot liquid.

A manufacturing flaw caused cracks in a small number of the plastic pots.

This could cause 'leakage of hot product', according to Pot Noodle maker Unilever.

The firm says it has contacted retailers to recall the products as a precautionary measure.

Routine testing

Unilever spokesman Duncan Bogie said the fault came to light during routine testing.

'It appears that in a small number of cases the plastic has weakened and started to crack,' he said.

'We believe the vast majority of the affected product is not even on shop shelves. It may have affected less than 100 pots.'

Unilever says it has not received any complaints from customers about leaking Pot Noodles.

Full refund

It is asking customers who have the recalled products at home to contact its careline for a full refund on 0800 146252.

The Food Standards Agency said it wasn't involved in the Pot Noodle recall because it wasn't a food safety issue.

The recalled products are the following Pot Noodles sold as single units with a best before end date of December 2007: Original curry 95g, King Pot original curry 119g, King Pot chicken and mushroom 117g, King Pot 'down with salt' chicken and mushroom 116g.

Beef and tomato 96g with best before end dates of November 2007 and December 2007 are also being recalled.

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