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Metal found in baby food

The sachet of food alongside the metal found in it Photo: BPM Media

A mother is encouraging other parents to check through their babies food before giving it to them, after she found a small piece of metal in a Heinz sachet.

Rachel Rothwell bought the Heinz vegetable and chicken casserole puree from Asda whilst it was on offer at the store last week.

The mum-of-five, from Bilborough, Nottingham, said she was feeding her 11-month son when she saw a "weird metal item" looking up at her.

I took it out the packet and felt something hard in it. I won't be giving this food to Riley anymore - I'd like to warn people against using it as it's dangerous. I sent the packaging back to Heinz to complain about it.

– Rachel Rothwell

Miss Rothwell said it could have ended a lot worse.

I'm glad I didn't give it to him straight away and checked through it.

At least I spotted it, it was a silver hard metal piece.

– Rachel Rothwell
Rachel claims she found the hard piece of metal in the food Credit: BPM Media

Rachel's mother Jan Rothwell said the incident shocked her.

It's a good job she checked or this could have been a lot worse. We have both brought him these before so didn't think anything of them. Now we are weary of having the rest of them, we'll probably chuck them away. She refuses to risk using the rest of them.

– Jan Rothwell
Heinz say this is an isolated complaint Credit: BPM Media

A Heinz spokesman said this was an isolated complaint.

The quality and purity of our baby foods is our utmost priority. We were very sorry to hear about Rachel’s experience with one of our baby foods.

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.

After a thorough investigation and given the steps we take during preparation including the use of powerful magnets, metal detectors and 1mm sieves this remains an isolated complaint.

– Heinz spokesman