A furious family has branded Heinz “absolutely disgraceful” after claiming to have found an inch-long SCREW in their baby girl’s porridge mix.
Kayleigh Sampson, 23, says she screamed when she spooned out the sharp metal spike from her five-month-old Lexie’s breakfast bowl.
Her fiancee Gary Merchant slammed the popular brand saying its Sunrise Banana Porridge mix could have caused “serious damage” to his daughter.
Gary, from Colchester, Essex, said: “I hate to think what could have happened if she had swallowed it.
“Kayleigh came in screaming saying there was a screw in the porridge.
“It think it is absolutely disgraceful it can happen – why wasn’t it checked out before it was put on the shelves?
“If it had not been noticed then it could have caused some serious damage.
“You would think, especially in a product for babies, they would do some checks.”
The young couple had been happily feeding Lexie the porridge on Sunday morning.
The couple had bought the mix for the first time on a special two for £5 offer at a Boots in Colchester town centre.
Gary wanted to warn other parents after saying Heinz’s apology over the incident was “not good enough”.
“The first pot – an apple flavoured version – had been fine,” the 24-year-old said.
“When I spoke to Heinz, all they could say was they were sorry it had happened, but it isn’t good enough.
“I’m not doing this to get free products from them – to be honest after seeing a screw in there I don’t want their stuff anyway.
“I want to let other parents know about these items and warn them about it and not to buy it for their own kids.”
A spokesman for Heinz said the company wanted to carry out a full investigation into the incident.
He said: “The quality and purity of our baby foods is our utmost priority.
“We were very sorry to hear from Gary about his experience.
“Great care and attention is given to every aspect of preparing and making our products, from sorting and screening of ingredients to the stringent precautions and exacting standards adhered to during manufacture, including X-ray metal detection.
“This is an isolated complaint and we are keen to carry out a full investigation when the item and product is returned to us.”