Heinz left red-faced after QR code on ketchup bottle links to porn site

By Jenny Eagle contact

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Heinz QR code on ketchup bottle links to porn site
Heinz has apologised to a consumer in Germany after he scanned a QR code on a ketchup bottle and it took him to a porn website.

Daniel Korell posted a comment on Facebook after he scanned a promo label to get information about ‘designing your own label’, but was directed to German porn site Fundorado.

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"Your ketchup really isn't for under-age people​," Korell wrote on the social media site.

"Even if the bottle was a leftover, it's still in lots of households​.

"It's incomprehensible that you didn't reserve the domain [web address] for one or two years. It really doesn't cost the Earth​."

The Heinz link had expired

The incident occurred after Heinz ran a promotion between 2012 and 2014, and the link expired this year.

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Fundorado then registered the web address for itself, and the site once owned by Heinz was replaced with porn.

In response to Korrell’s message Heinz admitted the mistake and said: “We really regret the event and we're happy to take your suggestions for how we implement future campaigns onboard​."

The company said it would let Korell create his own label and send him a free bottle printed with is design.

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