This page relates to Cow and Gate milk and food. It surprises many people that most of their milk is not suitable for vegetarians.
Cow and Gate declare none of their products are Suitable for Vegetarians due to Fish Oils and Animal Rennet being used during processing. However Aptamil have suitable for Vegetarian options for like for like products.
Cow and Gate and Aptamil are sister companies so you may find ingredients to be similar but Cow and Gate have confirmed, Aptamil sometimes operates differently so cannot guarantee product quality. Looking closely at the ingredients of similar products, they are very similar.
Saying this, just because the products are not suitable for vegetarians, does not mean they are not Halal. Cow and Gate do not have a formal list of Halal products therefore we have got confirmation of each product they sell.
The products are claimed to be Halal Approved by the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence UK (same organisation that certifies Nandos Chicken). However not all products of the same category are halal approved. For example, The First Instant milk is halal approved in the 800g and 200ml range, but not the 1 litre range. This is because it is made in a different factory and the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence UK have not approved it as of yet.
After speaking to Cow and Gate, they do confirm the ingredients are the same as well as the processing methods, so technically if one is halal then the other is halal too. We are getting in touch with the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence UK to understand their approval process, as we feel, if the 200ml is halal, then so should the 1l be.
You may also notice the products contain Taurine, Cow and Gate confirm this is synthetic.
Please review the products below: We have bracketed halal approved products.
How the Milk is made
“Our products begin as cow’s milk from selected dairy farms in Europe. We use our 100 years of experience to create a blend of ingredients adapted to your baby’s specific stage that we then mix with the milk.
Our follow-on milk and growing up milks contain key nutrients like calcium, vitamin D for normal bone development and iron to support normal cognitive development.
Our products are packed into specially designed formats. For our baby and toddler powder milks a scoop is added to make sure every feed you make has the recommended amount of powder for your little one, as part of a varied and balanced diet.
Final checks, including batch sampling before and after packing also takes place so you can rest assured that when you are buying Cow & Gate baby and toddler milks, we’ve made all efforts to bring you a safe and quality assured product.”
Cow and Gate also say on their website, Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. If you are a breastfeeding mum or mum-to-be who’s planning on breastfeeding, it’s important that you eat a healthy, balanced diet. You should also be aware that combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant milk should be considered. Improper use of an infant milk or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard, so if you decide to use an infant milk be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully. Failure to follow the instructions could make your baby ill. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby.
You can read on the benefits of breastfeeding here. Last updated May 2020.
The following are halal:
Pre-term or low birth weight
Nutriprem human milk fortifier (From birth, 2.2g sachet, hospital use only) (Not Halal Approved)