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Product recall: Kids' blackcurrant cough syrup
Applies to eight different brands, including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Superdrug, Tesco & WilkoWed 20 Jun
If you've a bottle of children's blackcurrant cough syrup in the cupboard, check the label as a precautionary product recall has been issued on eight different brands of medicine, over a problem where one of its ingredients could allow mould to grow.
Related: See our Free & Cheap Medicine guide.
Any affected products should not be used, and instead returned to the shop where you bought them for a free replacement. Only the following batches with the expiry dates listed below are affected:
Batch number(s) Expiry date Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour 274V1, 276V1, 278V1, 283W1 27/09/2017, 31/10/2017, 02/01/2018,19/02/2018 Bell’s Children’s Cough Syrup Blackcurrant Flavour 280V3 04/01/2018 Morrisons Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution 282W1 30/01/2018 Numark Children’s Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 280V1, 288W1 04/01/2018, 27/04/2018 Sainsbury’s Children’s Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup 275V1 11/10/2017 Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 280V2, 284W1 04/01/2018, 24/03/2018 Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup 277V1, 278V2, 281W1 31/10/2017, 02/01/2018, 30/01/2018 Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution 275V2 11/10/2017
Dr Sam Atkinson, spokesperson for the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said: "The mould is not always visible, so return any of the affected cough syrup bottles, even if it looks okay to use. If your child has recently taken one of these cough syrups, and, in the unlikely event that they have become unwell or had a reaction, please speak to your GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional."
No other expiry dates or products are affected. For more info, see the MHRA's website.
If you're concerned about food waste and believe beauty is on the inside, then you might want to see if you can pick up a wonky veg box for £3.50 in store at Asda*. The boxes, which are available in 550 stores, contain 5kg of peculiar-shaped, odd-sized seasonal veg that wouldn't win any beauty contests - but should be just as nice on the inside.
Asda says 10,000 boxes are going into 550 participating stores (see the full list) every month - so it's worth going quickly if you want the pick of the wonky crop.
What's in the box?
Each box is different but Asda tells us an example might contain about 500g carrots, 1kg potatoes, two onions, two courgettes, one cucumber, one cabbage, 300g leeks, 300g parsnips and three peppers - enough, Asda says, to feed a family of four for a week. If bought normally, this would cost £6ish. Though there are other ways to save on veg, see MSE Coupon Kid Jordon Cox's blog on buying individual veg rather than pre-packaged, Aldi's Super Six and Lidl's vegetable offers.
Why is Asda doing this?
Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver says 20%-40% of quality fruit and veg produced by UK farms is wasted in part because supermarkets think we're a superficial bunch who won't buy 'ugly' fruit and veg. The big supermarkets are now under pressure to cut food waste.
Wonky veg boxes are great if you want to contribute to cutting back on plastic use, food waste, help farmers, and save money (about 30% off Asda's standard prices, it says - but you may find it's cheaper to buy veg individually elsewhere).
There are always ways to save money at Asda* so even if there isn't a cracking deal out there that works for you, don't assume you can't cut your costs further.
Ways to save include:
- Supermarket coupons. Make sure you check out our supermarket coupons page to save on your shopping.
- Compare the cost of your trolley. Compare the cost of your shopping trolley at the major online supermarkets with MySupermarket*. Prices are often reflected in stores, so it's worth doing a check to see which is cheapest for you.
- Take the Downshift Challenge. The phrasing and language used hypnotises us into thinking most costly is best. While the packaging looks more opulent, look beneath it and sometimes you won't be able to tell the difference (often it's made in the same factory). Take our Downshift Challenge.
- Track if it's really a bargain. Most of us know just because a supermarket lists an item as "on offer", that doesn't mean it's cheap. The trouble has been sorting awesome offers from poor promos. To help, MySupermarket* charts products' price histories to show if a 'was' price is realistic.
- Time trips right to bag huge yellow sticker discounts. If you spot a yellow sticker discount - fantastic. Grab it and use it quickly as it's a saving on perfectly good nosh. See when Asda normally reduces its produce in our Cheap Supermarket Shopping guide.
- Check out similar retailers, eg, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and the other major supermarkets. If you're not committed to buying from Asda, check out our deals from Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Lidl, Morrisons and Waitrose, where they may have a better offer.
- Try haggling. We polled 1,400 MoneySavers to find out in which shops hagglers have most success. Supermarkets did feature, so it's worth a go. Find out more in our Haggle on the High Street guide.
- Had a problem with Asda? There’s a free online tool you can use to complain – it helps draft, manage and if necessary escalate your complaint. It’s offered by a firm called Resolver, which we like so much we work with it to help people get complaints justice – you can use it to complain to Asda*.
You can get a complete pair of varifocal glasses for £45 at Asda Opticians*. The price includes value frames, lenses, anti-reflective coating, tints and thinner lenses (if required).
We compared prices with a number of other opticians, and found that Asda Opticians was the cheapest for varifocal glasses. Always compare prices before you buy though, as you may find a good deal at your local opticians.
See below for the prices of a complete pair of varifocal glasses elsewhere:
- Tesco Opticians from £60
- Specsavers from £69
- Glasses Direct from £95
Latest Expired Deals
6 bottles of wine for £22.50
Selected bottles only. Online and in stores
You'll be able to mix and match the bottles, and you'll automatically get the discount at the checkout. If you're shopping online, delivery's £1-£6 or free if you collect in store (selected areas only). Prices may vary in Scotland.
Here's a selection of some of the wine included in the deal that we spotted on Mon 27 Aug:
- Priogrigio Italian Sparkling Wine*
- Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz* - currently £5 before offer, reduced from £6.98
- Le Grand Clauzy Viognier* - currently £5 before offer, reduced from £5.98
Please be Drinkaware.
Asda £5 CHEESE Easter egg
Includes blue cheese, crackers and caramelised onion chutney
As egg-spected, this has been getting a lot of press and social media coverage so we've had a sniff around to see what we can find out about it, and whether it's good value or a deal that stinks.
What do you get?
Well, you don't get a whole egg – it's 172g Blacksticks blue cheese in a half egg-shape. Also in the packet are five mini oatcake crackers and a sachet of caramelised onion chutney.
How good value is it?
At £5, we think it's a bit overpriced, though we suspect if you're going to go for this, then it's probably because you're egg-cited by the quirkiness of it, and less concerned about its value.
However, you can pick up 150g regular pack of Blacksticks blue cheese for £2 in Asda – that's £13.33 per kg. If the cheese Easter egg was the same value per kg then it would cost about £2.50ish, but at £5 it's £29.07 per kg.
Of course, you have to factor in the mini crackers, chutney, extra packaging and the novelty factor.
The cheese egg launched in stores on Fri 16 Mar and is likely to be popular. Asda couldn't tell us how many stores it's still available in, so it may be worth contacting your local store before making a special trip.