Store sold me ‘old’ baby milk

Salford Advertiser - - MANCHESTER MATTERS - Abigail O’Leary

AMUM who fed her 11-week-old son baby milk from Tesco was hor­ri­fied to dis­cover it was more than two weeks out of date.

Sa­man­tha Hunter vis­ited the Tesco Ex­tra store in Sal­ford Precinct on Satur­day, April 18, and bought a bot­tle of Cow & Gate First In­stant Milk.

Af­ter get­ting son Ge­orgie Meskell back to her mum’s for a feed, Sa­man­tha didn’t think twice about giv­ing the milk to the thirsty lit­tle boy.

Sa­man­tha, from Sal­ford, said: “Af­ter that I went to my mother’s to feed Ge­orgie and my mum said the bot­tles were handy and then she asked how long they keep for.”

Sa­man­tha, 31, was hor­ri­fied to no­tice that af­ter giv­ing the 70ml bot­tle to her son, the milk was more than two weeks past its best be­fore date.

She added: “I checked the bot­tle and it was dated April 2, which was over two weeks out of date.

“My first thought was for Ge­orgie, and I called Cow & Gate to speak to the nutri­tion­ist who wanted to know why the milk was still on the shelf.

“I rang Tesco and spoke to the head of­fice and told them I’d just pur­chased this milk and wanted to make the store aware it was old and be­ing given to new ba­bies.”

But Sa­man­tha’s at­ten­tions soon turned to tiny Ge­orgie, who she said was be­com­ing ill.

She said: “Straight af­ter he drank it there was no dif­fer­ence – it wasn’t un­til the fol­low­ing evening he started to change a bit.

“He had an up­set tummy and was only drink­ing bits of his milk.

“His child-min­der also re­ported it and said he was re­ally not him­self.”

Sa­man­tha be­lieves it could have been much worse if it had hap­pened to a younger baby.

She added: “An­other mum might have taken this milk to hos­pi­tal, ready to give her new­born baby.”

De­spite voic­ing her con­cerns, she claims Tesco failed to of­fer any help or ex­pla­na­tion.

Sa­man­tha added: “The main thing I wanted to do was raise aware­ness to other mums to al­ways check the baby milk.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We are com­mit­ted to the high­est stan­dards of food safety for our cus­tomers and we have ro­bust pro­ce­dures for the ro­ta­tion and date code check­ing.

“We’re sorry that we did not meet those stan­dards in this case.

“We’re ur­gently in­ves­ti­gat­ing how this mis­take hap­pened and our col­leagues will be speak­ing to Sa­man­tha as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Sa­man­tha Hunter and son Ge­orgie

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