Waitrose urgently recall their New York cheesecake after fears the pudding may contain ‘strands of plastic’

Waitrose have been forced to pull batches of a £4 own-brand pudding from shelves.

The decision to issue an urgent recall came after fears were raised that their New York cheesecake might contain small pieces of plastic, which are unsafe to eat.

Waitrose have asked anyone who purchased the rich and creamy vanilla-flavoured dessert with a crunchy biscuit base to take the product to their nearest branch so they can get their money back.

The statement read: ‘If you have bought the above product do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund,’ an official statement from the supermarket informed shoppers.

‘Point of sale notices have been displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.’

If this is something you think you might have bought during your weekly shop, it’s boxes that weigh 540g and have a use-by date of up to and including 6 March 2018 that are affected.

And in news that will likely to reassure customers, there are no current reports that anyone has been taken ill by the issue.

The Food Standards Agency also discussed the grocery giant’s problem with the indulgent pud, which is suitable for vegetarians and contains full fat soft cheese, sugar and palm oil.

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‘Waitrose is recalling Waitrose New York Cheesecake because it may contain very thin strands of plastic, which makes this product unsafe to eat,’ they said in a statement.

The FSA added that no other Waitrose products are currently a risk to customers.

Waitrose’s recall comes just weeks after Morrisons had to remove their 400g Italian Penne Bolognese Bake from shops due to a labelling error that could result in allergic reactions.