Warning over baby food
Last updated: 2003-11-14
The UK's Food Standards Agency has issued a warning about a kosher infant formula feed that has been recalled in Israel following the death of three babies.
The soya-based milk substitute, called Tzimchit Super Formula, is sold by Remedia in Israel and while it is not commonly available in the UK, the FSA fears a specialist importer might have sold it here, or parents could have brought supplies back after visiting Israel.
"While we are not aware of it being actively sold in the UK, we want parents to be on the alert about this," a FSA spokesperson told SomethingJewish.
The product has been found to be possibly lacking in vitamin B1 at the levels that are normally required in infant formula. Vitamin B1 is an essential dietary requirement for babies' growth and development.
Parents who have been feeding their baby with one of these products should stop immediately and contact their GP. Treatment can be given for vitamin B1 deficiency and other alternative kosher products are available.
In total, two Remedia products, Tzimchit Super Formula and Junior Tzimchit Super Formula, have been recalled. Both are soya-based and come in 400g or 800g tins in green, blue and white colours, with a plastic green lid. The label, which is in Hebrew, features a cartoon picture of a chick.
The Agency has asked local authorities to ensure that if these products are being stocked by shops selling kosher goods, they are removed from sale.