Fundraisers face pudding problems

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HOSPICE workers were yesterday forced to issue an urgent recall on every fundraising Christmas pudding sold after finding what they described as an “issue” with the ingredients.

More than 50 puddings made in the kitchens at St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield have been sold so far this year, with all proceeds going to help fund patient care.

Staff said they would offer a refund or a “freshly made replacement” to people who had bought a pudding either direct from the hospice reception, from one of its high street shops, or from a stall at Sheffield’s Kelham Island Museum.

“At the moment we suspect that there may be an issue with one of the ingredients used,” said St Luke’s hotel services development manager Sarah Coleman yesterday.

“We are very sorry to have to issue this recall, but we think it is best to be careful.

“We hope that everyone who has bought one will return it so that we can do our best to put things right.”

The hospice said it the recall centred around a “quality control” problem with one of the ingredients used and said the puddings were “not up to the usual high standard”.

A spokesman added: “We have a great working relationship with our suppliers and most of the ingredients for the puddings have been donated, so the cost of replacement to the hospice is actually minimal.

“The puddings were withdrawn from sale as soon as the problem was identified, and investigations into the cause are continuing.

“Anyone who has bought a pudding is advised to return it to the point of purchase, either for a refund or to order a replacement.”