Sunday, November 23, 2003


German and Israeli Police conducted criminal investigations of Humana (the manufacturer), and Remedia Ltd. (the distributor), but no criminal charges were filed. The Remedia soy formula was lacking sufficient amounts of Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin), which resulted in the deaths of 2 infants and the hospitalization of at least 7 others, many in severe condition. Thiamin deficiency can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, spasms, respiratory problems, encephalopathy, brain damage, and ultimately, death. The formula had been missing the vitamin for nearly 6 months.

Related articles:

Doctor's hunch led to end of baby-formula deaths in Israel (International Herald Tribune)

Breastfeeding boon follows Remedia scandal (Jerusalem Post)

Company Says Baby Formula Lacked Vitamin (FindLaw/AP)

Formula for disaster (Jerusalem Post)

Humana Error (Food Production Daily)

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