Former Quaking Houses miner almost choked on plastic in chocolate bar

The Northern Echo: Bob Wales found plastic in fruit and nut chocolate Bob Wales found plastic in fruit and nut chocolate

WHEN Bob Wales tucked into a bar of fruit and nut he bit off more than he could chew.

Hidden among the contents of the chocolate bar was a cross shaped piece of plastic, which almost choked him.

The 63-year-old former miner, from Quaking Houses, Stanley, County Durham, said it was the size of a 20 pence piece.

“I was lucky to get it out of my throat because it is cross shaped.

“If it had been a young girl or a little lad it might have been fatal. 

“I got my fingers in and yanked it out but it cut my throat.”

Mr Wales has called and written to the manufacturer, Cadbury, to complain following the incident in February.

He got a reply back from Jane Potts in consumer relations, which said: “The risk of malicious contamination always has to be considered in these cases.

“In this case there is no reason to suspect that has occurred.

“As I am sure you appreciate, it is extremely difficult to establish the occurrence of malicious or deliberate contamination and the opportunity for doing this is extremely limited given the automated process and covering of the line.

“We are therefore at a loss to explain how this item came to be in the product.”

Mr Wales said he would have appreciated an apology.

He said: “I nearly choked to death. I don’t want anything from them but they could have said sorry.”

Mr Wales has now raised the matter with North Durham MP Kevan Jones.

Mr Jones said: “The way they have dealt with it has been appalling.”

No-one at Cadbury was available for comment.

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10:05pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Though glad that he is well it is surely only a matter of time before someone on the site makes the inevitable points about this ex-miner.
1. if the mines were still open he wouldn't have been in the situation of eating the chocoloate bar
2.clearly, theerfore, a mutlinational corporation has a capitalist vendetta against the former miners of thenorth.
3. In 30 years time or so, there should be a public inquiry to work out how local Tories were to blame.
4. Having suffered from this incident no one inthe north should ever eat any form of 'new' chocolate ever again - safer and better just to go on about 'how chocolate used to be' for a good 50 years.
Though glad that he is well it is surely only a matter of time before someone on the site makes the inevitable points about this ex-miner. 1. if the mines were still open he wouldn't have been in the situation of eating the chocoloate bar 2.clearly, theerfore, a mutlinational corporation has a capitalist vendetta against the former miners of thenorth. 3. In 30 years time or so, there should be a public inquiry to work out how local Tories were to blame. 4. Having suffered from this incident no one inthe north should ever eat any form of 'new' chocolate ever again - safer and better just to go on about 'how chocolate used to be' for a good 50 years. Voice-of-reality
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6:58am Wed 9 Apr 14

darloboss says...

i nearly choked on old waxy tash's comments
i nearly choked on old waxy tash's comments darloboss
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