Dad furious over metal bolt found in chicken bag

Steven Chester shows the two inch metal bolt he found in with the chicken thighs
Steven Chester shows the two inch metal bolt he found in with the chicken thighs

WHEN dad-of-four Steven Chester was preparing dinner for his young children he thought he was on safe ground with a bag of frozen chicken.

But when he tipped out the thighs he was stunned to find a two-inch metal bolt and a small metal washer in among the pieces.

He purchased the chicken from Iceland in Castle Street and the supermarket has promised to launch a full investigation.

“I bought the bag a few weeks ago and chose them for my kids last Thursday,” Mr Chester told the Observer.

“I tipped out the bag onto a roasting tray and heard something go bang. When I saw the bolt and the washer I just thought, ‘Oh my God.’

“I couldn’t believe it – I thought I was seeing things, but my mother-in-law was with me helping me babysit and saw the whole thing. It was shock more than anything.”

Mr Chester’s children are 10, seven, and three-year-old twins, and he is just grateful nobody was hurt. “They could have easily ended up on their plates – anyone can see the bolt but the washer could have been a lot worse. Who knows what could have happened?”

A spokesman for Iceland said it had received the bag and its contents back and the firm was conducting its own inquiries. She said: “Please be assured that we take all complaints seriously. Mr Chester is returning the item to the store where he will receive a £15 gesture of goodwill and the foreign body will be collected by our supplier in order for them to carry out a thorough investigation. As soon as we have the results of this investigation we will get back in touch with him.”

But Mr Chester said he had not received any “gesture of goodwill” and just wants to get to the bottom of it. “It’s not on – they need to find out what is happening in their factories,” he said.