Monday, April 8, 2019

Teen 'Finds Stanley Knife Inside Bag Of Cadbury Chocolate Eggs' [Photos]

A teenage boy opened a 99p bag of Cadbury chocolate eggs from Aldi and found a Stanley knife inside, his father claims.

Michael Thomas, 44, said his 14-year-old son Ethan asked "What's this?" after discovering the blade inside the sealed bag.

The dad told Mirror Online he was shocked when he realised the object was a Stanley knife, and he was thankful no one in his home was cut by the blade.

Mr Thomas said he's been chasing Cadbury's owner, Mondelez International, for answers, and the firm has blamed a "co-packer" but hasn't explained how the knife ended up in a bag of Dairy Milk chocolate eggs.

His wife Amanda had purchased the treat for her son during a shopping trip to their local Aldi on January 12, and Ethan opened the bag at home.

Mr Thomas, an account manager in healthcare, said: "He said, 'Mum, what's this?' and he pulled it out of the bag.

"I thought, 'Oh my God, it's a Stanley knife'.

"I thought it was a prank at first."

He said he has been exchanging emails with Mondelez for months, and the firm has blamed a "co-packer" and got its legal team involved.

He added: "They blamed co-packers for it and admitted liability in their email, but they gave me no reason for how it happened.

"Co-packers or not, this was under the Cadbury brand.

"I don't know if it's anything malicious.

"It was quite an old knife with a number etched on the side that looks like an employee number.

"I don't know if it was an accident.

"They use high-tech equipment. How would a knife get into a bag of chocolate without getting flagged up?"

Initially, Mr Thomas' wife Amanda, 43, was worried the knife had been placed in the bag for sinister reasons.

Her thoughts immediately went to last year's Novichok nerve agent attack on a Russian former spy in the cathedral city.

He said: "We live in Salisbury where a woman died from picking up a discarded perfume bottle.

"My wife spent the night thinking what if it's contaminated?"

Mr Thomas said he took the bag back to Aldi and a staff member told him that his claims would be looked into.

The American multinational offered to send a hamper to the family as a gesture of goodwill, said Mr Thomas.

The dad said he declined, and the company then offered to make a donation to the charity of his choice as well after consulting the co-packer.

He said he accepted the offer and asked Mondelez to donate £10,000 - matching the sum offered in Cadbury's recent white egg competition - to help pay for new medical equipment at Salisbury's hospital.