Beware the bad apple

Beware of certain pots of Apple Müllerice Creamy Dairy Rice with Apple Pieces in Syrup dessert warns Merton Council, after at least 70 complaints were received about a batch that may be spoiled and could cause a burning sensation to the mouth.

The product, which has the best before date 7 February 2004, was sold singularly or in multi packs containing six 200g white plastic pots – three apple and three strawberry. The strawberry desserts are not affected. Most of the affected batch will have already have been sold by major supermarkets, but it may still be on sale in corner shops or smaller retail outlets, and residents may still have the desserts in their fridge.

Some people have reported an unpleasant smell after peeling back the green foil lid, while others have complained of a burning sensation in the mouth after trying to eat the product.

The Food Standard Agency’s advises people to avoid opening or eating this desert if it has the best before date of 7 February 2004. They advise that the spoiled product may cause a burning sensation in some people, but the risk of any other more serious health effect is very low.

Ian Murrell, Merton Council’s Head of Commercial and Trading Standards, said: “The company is investigating what has led to the spoilage in the affected Apple Müllerice desserts. If you have bought a product from this batch you should return it to the retailer or to Müller for a full refund. You can also contact Müller customer services department on 01630 692031”.