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Dad finds blades in his son's diaper

A FATHER is seeking compensation from a Shanghai company after he found five rusty blades in his son's diaper.

Everbeauty Industry (Shanghai) Co Ltd, told Dragon TV yesterday that the blades were in the diapers because of production line problems. However, the firm couldn't agree to a demand for 30,000 yuan (US$4,515) in compensation, saying that the baby wasn't seriously hurt.

The father, surnamed Pan, who lives in Foshan, Guangdong Province, found his 38-day-old son crying continuously and grabbing at his private parts after his wife had changed his diaper on November 3.

His wife felt the diaper and found something hard inside the soft layers of material.

Pan tore the diaper apart and found five rusty blades inside.

Pan said that he checked his son's body and found some swelling, which took two days to disappear.

Tightly sealed

"It hurt my baby," Pan told Dragon TV. "It's a serious blow to me."

Pan said he had bought a pack of Sealer Diapers for 30 yuan and he had not noticed anything abnormal about the package, which was tightly sealed.

The couple were now worried about whether contact with the blades, which they said were dirty and rusty, would affect their son's health.

The firm sent a staff member to the Pan's house the day after the incident to investigate the complaint.

Zhou Lian, a customer service specialist with the company, told the TV: "The blades of the tape-cutting system fell down by accident and stuck on the adhesive tape. Workers failed to spot the incident because the machine was running quickly."

The diapers are produced via assembly lines in the factory, and the only procedure involving blades was when workers used them to cut the adhesive tape on the diapers.

The manufacturer has ordered workers to use scissors rather than blades in future.

The company told the Guangzhou Daily newspaper it was only required to pay 120 yuan, four times the retail price of the diapers, according to the consumers' interest watchdog's regulation.

But the firm had decided to offer 2,000 yuan.

The two parties are still negotiating over the amount.


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