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Baby food date shock for mum

PUBLISHED: 10:35 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:45 25 August 2010

A MOTHER said she felt sick when she found out the supermarket baby food she had been feeding her child was a year out of date.

A MOTHER said she felt "sick" when she found out the supermarket baby food she had been feeding her child was a year out of date.

Rapinder Khela, 33, from Bexleyheath, discovered the Plum Organic Superfood she bought from Sainsbury's in the Broadway, Bexleyheath, was out of date only after she had fed it to her six-month-old daughter Simran.

The three packs she bought on February 28 had best-before dates of February 2010, October 2009 and January 2009 - and she fed her daughter the oldest one before she saw the date.

After she reported the incident to trading standards officials, she says Sainsbury's bosses did not give her a refund but instead sent her a £50 gift card.

Mrs Khela said: "I felt sick when I saw the date on the packaging of the pack, knowing I had fed that to my child. It is disgusting that they can just get away with it. I would have at least expected a refund.

"They probably get away with it all the time. I don't expect people to put up with that.

"I want the food I feed my daughter to be the best quality.

"I usually make it myself but we were going on holiday so I thought I would try some of these."

A regulatory affairs manager at the supermarket wrote to her apologising and saying that the food had a very long shelf life.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury's told the Times: "The product in question was past its 'best before' date not its 'use by' date so there was no risk to safety.

"We have expressed our sincerest apologies to the customer who brought this issue to our attention. Sainsbury's takes great care to reduce the risk of such errors occurring."

Mrs Khela added: "That is just a generic response. I bet this happens all the time. They should be more rigorous and rotate their stock. I doubt this had been on the shelf all this time. It was probably put there by staff recently, who obviously didn't look at the date.

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