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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Unilever Pot Noodle Reduced Salt Chicken and Mushroom Confirmed sighting: Unilever Pot Noodle Reduced Salt Chicken and Mushroom
Posted: 14:51 Tue 02-Jan-2007. Price: about 77p. Location: Sainsbury's, Hayes. Nutritional unusualness: "33% less salt than standard Chicken and Mushroom flavour" - ie, 1.99g per pot.
"Nick Stark" reports: Found the new reduced salt Pot Noodle in Sainsbury's the other day. New 33% reduced salt version! This product was very disappointing, no flavour at all. Did not taste anything like the original. Will not recommend to anyone.

...An inauspicious start for anyone with a New Year's resolution to cut their sodium intake - especially as this (Chicken and Mushroom-only?) variant is usually sold alongside the (comparatively) more flavoursome full-salt one. In other just-add-water weirdness, "Has anyone tried the new improved Smash instant potato - it's now flakes, not the chunky bits?" wonders "Flo", while I suspect "bernadette" may actually get more queries about Sudan 1 than any "beef" component when she asks: Hi I need some help! I'm British and live in New Zealand, I'm opening a UK foods shop here and a container load is on its way as we speak, aboard is Beef and Tomato Pot Noodles, the food and safety people here are requiring a declaration as to where the beef was purchased from! Please help, they won't let me sell the items until I have the declaration.


Posted: 15:28 Tue 02-Jan-2007 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: yes, i thought pot noodles were vegetarian in all flavours (although maybe not cheesy ones, as per crisps). it's tvp not meat, isn't it?
Posted: 16:37 Tue 02-Jan-2007 by "grotbag" # permalink comment
Comment: Please help, they won't let me sell the items...

Consider it a lucky escape. But yes, pot noodles - unsuprisingly - contain absolutely no meat whatsoever. Merely toenail clipping and the left over dust from the bombay mix in the newsagents on the corner.

Posted: 00:36 Tue 23-Jan-2007 by "A" # permalink comment
Comment: the reduced salt has slight more calories in it im sure. Duno why though. The new packaging is terrible as is the advertising for pot noodles! ugh drives me mad.
Posted: 01:57 Sat 01-Sep-2007 by "Steve" # permalink comment
Comment: The reduced salt makes them taste absolutely atrocious, I literally can't eat them anymore.
Posted: 18:24 Sun 02-Sep-2007 by "Mike Saunders" # permalink comment
Comment: Wow... these are so bland now. The chemical kick has gone. But what was Unilever to do? With the new labelling guidelines in the UK, the company had two options: reduce the salt (and thereby taste) dramatically; or place a honking great warning on the label that these 'snacks' deliver more than 50% of your recommended daily allowance of salt.

It's not surprising they chose the former option. How it will impact sales, we don't yet know, but perhaps it won't be as severe as people realising the Pots were providing over half the recommended salt intake!

Ah well, so long Pot Noodles...

Posted: 23:23 Thu 06-Sep-2007 by "thestunt.co.uk" # permalink comment
Comment: I totally agree, had the new 50% less salt one today(chicken and mushroom) tastes terrible, have emailed them to complain, But they probably had to do it because of the salt levels, bloody nanny state, in fact i blame jamie flippin oliver
Posted: 12:29 Sun 09-Sep-2007 by "calibrax" # permalink comment
Comment: I just had one, and it's true, they are much blander than before. But it tastes good if you add salt yourself, which I did... ironically, this probably means that I've taken in more salt than there was in the original Pot Noodle formula!
Posted: 11:44 Mon 24-Sep-2007 by "Joeie" # permalink comment


bring back the old ones NOWWWWWWWWW!

Posted: 14:14 Mon 24-Sep-2007 by "If you read this, don't read it" # permalink comment
Comment: No.
Posted: 11:39 Thu 01-Nov-2007 by "Hugo" # permalink comment
Comment: Y U C K .

Thank heavens I've found this. I thought I was the only one who thought these new "low salt" Pot Noodles were UTTERLY, TOTALLY REVOLTING.

The first time I tried one was the last time we bought one. No joke. I literally had to pour salt all over it to make it edible. Rather than waste money on disgusting food we simply decided to vote with our wallets and not to buy it any more.

Pot Noodles used to be a regular appearance in our shopping lists. Now we've had to say goodbye for the last time... or at least until this "healthism" fad goes off the boil and the salt comes back...


Posted: 15:07 Tue 06-Nov-2007 by "Ross" # permalink comment
Comment: if you want to increase your chances of heart disease why dont you just sprinkle some extra salt on the pot noodle if its not salty enough!? would you stop eating french fries if they werent salty enough or would you just add some salt to them? its not rocket science you retards
Posted: 20:04 Sat 23-Feb-2008 by "Ghiz" # permalink comment
Comment: Adding salt wouldn't be the same as it was in the old days of being delicious it utterly sucks now they've ruined it! They even had the nerve to say "same great taste". Yeah right, I can barely taste it now, it was a million times better before. If it doesn't improve I suppose it will be the end of Pot Noodles for good.
Posted: 16:04 Sat 01-Mar-2008 by "KaT"
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Comment: i cant beleive they've got rid of the salt
Posted: 16:38 Sat 01-Mar-2008 by "Zeddy" # permalink comment
Comment: I can't believe it's not better.
Posted: 10:08 Mon 03-Mar-2008 by "jk4952" # permalink comment
Comment: The new ones are totally disgusting! Why dont Unilever give us consumers a choice by having the old recipe and the new one side by side. Until they do i will not be buying any more, actually some supermarket own brands are far tastier! Let us all vote with our pockets!!
Posted: 19:48 Mon 03-Mar-2008 by "Zeddy" # permalink comment
Comment: My LHS back pocket says New labour ain't wot they used to be.
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