Baby chokes on wood in his food

Young parents Andrew Guy, 26, and Becky Rufton, 23, of Scawthorpe, pictured with their five-month-old son Mason. The couple are furious after Cow and Gate denied responsibility for them finding a piece of wood in their baby food.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2873LM
Young parents Andrew Guy, 26, and Becky Rufton, 23, of Scawthorpe, pictured with their five-month-old son Mason. The couple are furious after Cow and Gate denied responsibility for them finding a piece of wood in their baby food. Picture: Liz Mockler D2873LM
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A MOTHER watched in horror as her baby started to choke on a piece of wood she said she found inside a pot of baby food.

Becky Rufton, 23, made the discovery after her five and a half month old baby Mason, started to gag whilst she was feeding him a Cow and Gate apple and banana 100 per cent fruit pot.

Becky Ruston was horrified to discover a large wood splinter in a pot of baby food.

Becky Ruston was horrified to discover a large wood splinter in a pot of baby food.

Miss Rufton, of Woodside Road, Scawthorpe, said: “It was really frightening Mason started to gag and when I looked in his mouth I removed a piece of wood, I couldn’t believe it.

“If it had gone his throat sideways he could’ve stopped breathing. For days afterwards he had a really croaky throat.”

Miss Rufton contacted Cow and Gate to tell it about the incident but said she was “disgusted” by its reactions claiming it did not give her any explanation or recall any of the other products from the same batch.

“They just said it couldn’t have got in there in the factory. At first they said there were wooden crates used for delivery and then when I spoke to them again they said they didn’t use wooded ones it was plastic.

“I think it’s disgusting, if someone else ends up having the same problem it could be a very different story a baby could be seriously injured.”

A spokesman for Cow and Gate said it was “most concerned” to hear from Miss Ruston and sent a sample to the factory for a full investigation.

The spokesman added: “The factory have examined the foreign matter and we are unable to determine how it came to be associated with Miss Ruston’s fruit pot due to the quality procedures and checks in place within the factory. We have advised Miss Ruston of the factory investigation report. This is an isolated complaint and we are sorry for any upset caused to Miss Ruston.

“We have not received any other similar complaints for this batch. We can assure parents that Cow and Gate are committed to manufacturing baby foods of the highest quality and they can continue to use Cow and Gate products with confidence.”