A SOUTH Shields dad claims he found a sharp piece of metal in one of his son’s nappies.
Steven Overton was changing his 11-month-old son, James, when he noticed metal – which resembles a small razor blade – in the lining of the Little Angels nappy he purchased from Asda in Boldon Colliery.
The 28-year-old, of Marsden, South Shields, says he was “disgusted” to find the metal and fears for what could have happened.
But Asda bosses, who produce the nappies, say they carried out a full investigation and are “at a loss” to explain how it happened.
Steven, who also has a two-year-old daughter, Olivia, with partner Debra Bradburn, 29, said: “I was changing James’s nappy and I was just about to put it on him when I noticed a shard of metal.
“I was just disgusted and I felt sick.
“I wouldn’t like to think what would have happened if I hadn’t seen it – my son could have been seriously injured.
“What if I’d changed him when I was half asleep in the middle of the night? He could have bled to death.”
Steven says he immediately contacted Asda and sent the nappy to them, so it could investigate the matter.
But Steven claims that store bosses told them there was nothing they could do, and offered him a £25 gift card for the store as compensation.
He said: “They said there was nothing they could do about it and just offered me the gift card.
“I was absolutely traumatised by what happened.
“If I hadn’t noticed that bit of metal, I don’t want to think about what could have happened.
“It’s not about the money, but offering £25 for something like this is absolutely disgusting.”
However, Asda bosses say they take all complaints seriously, especially when they involve children.
They say they sent the “foreign body” and the product back to the factory where it was produced.
They passed it through a metal detector – which they say would have been used initially on the product – which picked it up immediately.
Bosses also say that records show the machine was last checked for faults just 20 minutes before the product was originally produced.
Investigators also say they asked factory workers if they could match the product to any tools or equipment that they used and they could not, and that the only blades on site are in the kitchen, which is nowhere near the factory floor.
They also described what happened as an “isolated incident”, explaining that products are made in batches and that there had been no other complaints.
A spokesman said: “Out of the millions of packets of nappies we’ve sold this year, this is the first incident of its kind.
“We’ve undergone an extensive investigation and have found all of our product safety checks in to be in order, so we’re at a loss as to how this has happened.
“Our award-winning Little Angels nappies are one of our customers’ favourite products, so we take any complaint very seriously.”