SimplyThick is a thickening agent given at medical centers to help manage difficulties prematurely-born infants have with swallowing. This agent is typically added to breast milk and infant formula to help premature babies swallow and keep their food down. As of June 4, 2011, Simply Thick LLC recalled their products that were manufactured at their Georgia plant because of the presence of harmful bacteria that could prove injurious to infants. The FDA reports that some bottles of SimplyThick cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious infection which can result in death.
After two reports of a possible link between the defective product and NEC, the FDA began an investigation. There have been 15 cases of NEC and two deaths involving premature babies. Parents and hospitals have been encouraged to stop using SimplyThick until the investigation is complete.
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