Christmas pudding manufacturer Matthew Walker has recalled some of its Edna May Christmas puddings.

The precautionary measure was undertaken by the company following signs of mould growth. A spokesperson commented that this had occurred due to a reformulation of the product to reduce salt content.

In response, the Food Standards Agency has issued product recall notices, advising customers not to eat the puddings and return them to store.

Products affected include Edna May Christmas puddings, 350g (lot codes L2347, L2351, L2352, L2353) labelled best before the end of January 2016 and the end of April 2016.

Edna May catering Christmas puddings 36 x 90g, all batch codes, best before end April 2015 and end January 2016 have also been recalled, as well as Edna May catering Christmas Pudding loaf, 1.25kg best before end January 2016

In a statement, a spokesperson apologised to customers, asking them to return the puddings to the store where they purchased them for a full refund.

“Quality assurance and food safety are non-negotiable and, as a result, the company has taken the decision to immediately remove three affected lines from sale,” the company said.

Distributed across the UK, and with a small proportion exported, Matthew Walker said that it was “working with its distribution partners to ensure the recall is enforced in all markets”.