PITTSBURG, Calif. -- A Bay Area mother is telling KTVU about a stomach-churning discovery she made Tuesday night when she claims to have found maggots in not one but two jars of baby food as she was preparing to feed her infant.
The family lives in Pittsburg, but the mother says she bought the baby food at a Target store in San Ramon. The parents are saying the problem was with two jars of Gerber brand food.
It was dinnertime Tuesday night when mother Denetra Tims went to the cupboard for a jar of baby food to feed her 8-month-old daughter Nyla. That's when she says she made a sickening discovery.
"I went to pull it out and then I looked at it and I was like, what is that? And I just thought it was a piece of something on there," says Tims. "And I just saw a little squiggle and I was like 'Oh my God. That's a maggot.'"
Tims showed KTVU the jars, now wrapped tightly in a bag. Right around the lid of the Gerber's sweet potato and turkey baby food, you can see the white wormy shapes of maggots snugly nestled underneath the plastic seal.
"So you could see it stretching out and moving back. I was just totally disgusted," explains the disturbed mother.
Her husband had the same reaction: "It was very disgusting seeing the maggots, especially right next to your baby," says Shawn Tims.
He said he'd just fed his baby girl Gerber baby food from a different jar the night before, which only added to his consternation.
"I'm thinking 'Did she possibly eat one? Was there one in her food?'" says the little girl's father.
They immediately checked the other bottles they had to see if there were more maggots.
"And I pulled out the last one and it had two on them. So two bottles out of the four [had maggots]," says Tims.
The Tims showed KTVU the cash register receipt from the Target store in San Ramon. It indicates they bought it a week ago on January 3rd. Shawn Tims says he called the Gerber company and says the operator told him Gerber wasn't to blame.
"She said it probably happened during the distribution or the stocking of the actual store," explains Tims.
But hours later, Gerber called back to say they would send someone out to inspect the bottles and get the tracking number to trace the problem.
"There's other people that I'm sure have bottles that could be in the same conditions, not even here but in other places as well," says Tims.
The Tims say they just want their money back and hope someone will figure out what happened. They also have words of advice for other parents:
"Definitely make sure you look at your packaging first before you buy anything, because obviously they don't check it."
KTVU contacted Gerber but have not received any response. Members of the staff at the Target store where the baby food was bought say they're not allowed to respond on camera, but say they would be glad to work with Gerber and give the Tims a refund.

This literally made me throw up a little in my mouth. ICK. It also reaffirmed my decision to make my own baby food when we actually start solids (if we do in the first year). Totally gross! EW EW EW EW EW!

(Gerber has recently become a Nestle owned company, anyone banning Nestle must remember Gerber is now affiliated)


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Jan. 13, 2008 at 7:59 PM Nestle has good start and that is formula based I am not sure what is wrong with it if that is the reason. I feed it to Emma and never had a problem with it and I look at everything before I feed her.

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 8:13 PM sarahlove: nestle is a huge company, they don't just make formula.  There are many who boycott nestle.  Search google for "nestle boycott" to find more information, it's too much to share here.  lol

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 9:02 PM I've never bought the JARS of gerber food but i have bought the little plastic square 2 sets of food they have. I check everytime i open it, since i've just started solids on keira to see how she'll take to it, but dammit if im not letting her eat anymore. Screw that. I'll be making my OWN homemade baby food from now on. Thank you kat for posting. This....just literally turned my stomach, and i was just feel like vomiting..

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 9:03 PM Trish, that's cool!  You know, I think there's some groups on here about making baby food.  I don't belong since I'm not there yet.  But join and see if they have any tips!

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 9:16 PM

this is absolutely shocking!! and gerber is such a family name!! this makes me want to throw up!!

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 9:19 PM

just to share with everyone reading ... this is the Wikopedia of the Nestle Boycott ....


The Nestlé boycott is a boycott launched on July 4, 1977 in the United States against the Swiss based Nestlé corporation. It soon spread rapidly outside the United States, particularly in Europe.[1] It was prompted by concern about the company's marketing of breast milk substitutes (infant formula), particularly in less economically developed countries (LEDCs), which campaigners claim contributes to the unnecessary death and suffering of babies, largely among the poor.[2] Among the campaigners, Professor Derek Jelliffe and his wife Patrice, who had contributed to establish the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), were particularly instrumental in helping to coordinate the boycott and giving it ample visibility throughout the world.

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 9:23 PM has wonderful info on homemade food!

and that is nasty, I hope it is a hoax

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Well, I am not buying their story, but gross nonetheless. And I will still be making my own baby food this time around. 

I have had the unfortunate experience of "working" with maggots  in the past. They are resistant little buggers, but they also have a pretty short life cycle( few days to a few weeks) Sooo if they were still small sized maggots that baby food would have had to move prettttty quickly from warehouse to shelf to home.  Where it sat for a week.....  Unless of course, the jars were opened or not sealed properly at the store or at the house....  I don't know.  A lot of ifs. But stranger things have happened.

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 9:38 PM I always did homemade baby food and reading this makes me even more happy with my decision. Nasty!

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Jan. 13, 2008 at 10:07 PM Ewww - so glad I don't buy Gerber.

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