Cow & Gate and Tesco have issued a recall on 15 different of Cow & Gate baby food jars for babies over 7 months, due to concerns that some jars may have been tampered with. Both companies have stressed this is just a “precautionary measure” but do warn parents not to use these specific jars as they may present a safety risk.
If you’ve bought any of the following jars in Tesco, please return them to Tesco and you’ll receive a full refund.
The Cow & Gate jars from Tesco affected, in alphabetical order, are:
- Cow & Gate Apple Crumble, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Banana Crumble, 7+months, 200g jar+
- Cow & Gate Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pasta, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Creamy Cauliflower Cheese, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Courgette & Hake Rice, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Garden Pea & Turkey, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Peach, Apple & Kiwi, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Potato Spinach & Beef, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Potato & Turkey Roast, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Rice Pudding, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Spaghetti Bolognese, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Succulent Pork Casserole, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Tasty Cottage Pie, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Tomato & Courgette Pasta, 7+months, 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Yummy Harvest Chicken, 7+months, 200g jar
If you’ve bought any of these jars from other retailers, there are no safety concerns and Cow & Gate have strongly advised that you can use them in “complete confidence”.
Which batch numbers or date stamped jars are affected?
Cow & Gate is stating that it is recalling all batches and dates of these jars – but only if they’ve been bought from Tesco.
What if you’ve already given your baby one of these jars from Tesco?
You can speak to a representative from Cow & Gate by calling 0800 977 8880. Alternatively you can contact them via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Cow & Gate have a Facebook page and Twitter, where you can read the full statement.
You can also contact Tesco Customer Services on 0800 917 6897 and there is further conversation on a post on Tesco’s Facebook page.
What if you think your child may be ill after eating one of these C&G jars from Tesco?
On Cow & Gate’s Facebook post, many worried parents have expressed concerns that their baby has not been well since eating some Cow & Gate food. On one such post, a Cow & Gate team member has advised the following: “If your baby has already eaten one of our jars and you have any concerns they are unwell then please speak to your healthcare professional.”
Obviously it’s important not to increase concern – we know that babies get ill for all sorts of reasons, especially during winter – but if you are worried, you may want to contact the Cow & Gate helpline 0800 977 8880 and if you feel that doesn’t give you enough reassurance, then contact your GP or ring NHS 111.
Sadly, on Tesco’s Facebook post, among the worried parent questions, a few have taken the opportunity to parent-shame others for using shop-bought baby food.