Ketchup maker Heinz has found itself red-faced after it was found the QR code on its bottles was directing customers to a porn site.

Daniel Korell, of Germany, scanned the code on the side of the bottle believing it would direct him to a promotional site. Instead he found himself on a popular German porn site called Fundorado.

The Local.de explained the promotion was for visitors to design their own label. However, the contest ran only between 2012 and 2014. After this time Fundorado seized the domain name. Any bottles with the original code would then be directed to the new owner’s site.

Daniel was quick to alert Heinz to the mix-up. He wrote on the Heinz Facebook page: “Your ketchup really isn’t for under-age people.

“Even if the bottle was a leftover it’s still in lots of households.

“It’s incomprehensible that you didn’t reserve the domain for one or two years. It really doesn’t cost the earth.”

The Heinz social media team went into damage control, apologising for the lapse: We really regret the event very much and we’re happy to take your suggestions for how we implement future campaigns on board.”

Daniel was sent a free bottle of ketchup emblazoned with a label of his own design.

Fundarado asked if Heinz had confused their Pink EZ Squirt Ketchup with the Fundarado Hot Pink porn site?

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