Store sold me ‘old’ baby milk
AMUM who fed her 11-week-old son baby milk from Tesco was horrified to discover it was more than two weeks out of date.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She added: “I checked the bottle and it was dated April 2, which was over two weeks out of date.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