Heinz involved in milk powder storm
The Israeli Ministry of Health announced on November 9, 2003 that there was a problem with soy milk powder produced by Israel’s Remedia, a company controlled by Heinz Foods, suspected to be related to the deaths of 3 babies and the illness of 10 children.
Remedia has been forced to recall all soymilk powders, and the owner of the soymilk formula, Heinz Group, is also in trouble.
Milk powder vitamin B1 According to CCTV reports, in November 2003, Israeli police raided the office of Remedia in Tel Aviv.
The Israeli Ministry of Health believes that the milk powder contains vitamin B1, which affects the function of red blood cells after being taken, and can cause diseases of the nervous system, digestive system and heart.
The Israeli Ministry of Health says at least seven other babies are sick from taking the milk powder.
The Ministry of Health urges all parents to supplement their children with vitamin B1.
The milk powder has now been removed from shelves in all stores across Israel.
However, Jenson, president of the German Humana company, insisted that the company’s milk powder contained vitamin B1.
Humana President Jensen: The results we obtained from an independent inspection agency are different from the test results published by the Israeli Ministry of Health. Milk powder does contain vitamin B1.
However, he will further test the composition of the milk powder to see if there is really a problem with the replacement of the milk powder.
The New York City Department of Health has started an investigation to see if this milk powder has been exported to the United States.
In a Brooklyn Jewish neighborhood in New York, a private medical clinic even used a loudspeaker to tell Jewish residents not to use this milk powder.
Israel: Intervention by spy agency Information from a children’s medical center in Israel weighed that 3 infants and 10 children had complications of neurological disorder, and these babies consumed Lei Mei without exceptionDia’s “Remedia Soy Milk Powder”, so doctors at the medical center believe that certain ingredients of Remedia Soy Milk Powder may cause babies to experience spasms and even coma.
Israeli Ministry of Health officials also believe that these have gradually been related to milk powder and have undergone thorough testing. Until the final result comes out, Israel bans the sale of this milk powder.
Both Israeli spy agency “Mussad” and domestic security agency “Simbet” also intervened in the investigation to rule out the possibility of terrorist attacks during Ramadan.
An Israeli health ministry official said the first child died in June of this year, when Remedia had just announced “a slight modification to the formula of milk powder to be consistent with technological developments.”
It is reported that the new formula is manufactured by Germany’s second largest dairy product company, and Remedia’s soybean milk powder formula comes from the American Heinz Group.
Two other deaths occurred in November. Of the 10 sick children, 3 were in dangerous condition, and health officials are still investigating the remaining 10 suspected cases.
This incident can be described as the bomb news in Ramadan, which has aroused the enthusiasm of the people in the country, especially their parents.
According to a radio station in Israel, nearly 40,000 parents called the hotline for details after the ban on the Israeli Ministry of Health and the recall notice from Remedia were issued.
United States: Heinz Group suffers a shock. The United States Heinz Group-which is the source of Remedia’s soy milk formula-has also suffered a lot.
After the incident, many American parents called Heinz’s headquarters to inquire about Heinz’s milk powder in the United States. Heinz also quickly stated that it would actively assist in investigating the incident.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement on November 9, local time, saying that US health officials have not received any case reports related to Heinz formula.
The FDA is cooperating with other health agencies in the United States to investigate the incident, and has warned U.S. nationals to change the incident to “a lesson learned.” Nationals who purchased Lemedia’s soy milk powder will contact the FDA as soon as possible.
Heinz Group is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Southwest Texas, USA, and owns 51% of Remedia.
Heinz’s so-called Debbie Foster said that Heinz was willing to help with the investigation of the incident, and it particularly stood out: “Heinz is only a shareholder of Remedia and a shareholder of many companies in the world. Remedia’s product brand is not‘亨氏’，而是‘雷梅迪亚’。Reporter’s investigation: No milk powder found in Beijing. On the afternoon of November 13, 2003, the reporter investigated several supermarkets in Beijing and found no milk powder from Remedia or Heinz.
The reporter saw at a Meilianmei supermarket near Baizhifang Bridge in Beijing that there were four or five Heinz rice noodles and Heinz milk rice noodles on a shelf on the second floor, but there were no Heinz baby milk powder and Lemedia products.
A female shopping guide at the supermarket pointed to the shelf and told reporters: “We have not sold Heinz milk powder.
“In Huaqiang Supermarket not far from this, apart from Heinz rice noodles, the reporter still did not find Heinz baby milk powder.
Subsequently, the reporter contacted Carrefour, Jingkelong and Wumart, and the feedback was basically the same: there was no Heinz milk powder product.
The reporter interviewed a senior person from Heinz China on condition of anonymity yesterday. He made it clear to the reporter that Heinz did not produce and sell milk powder in the Chinese market.
The Israeli milk powder incident does not involve China ‘s Heinz. According to CCTV, because the company that sells the milk powder is controlled by the American Heinz Food Group, whether Heinz ‘s products in China have similar problems has caused concern.
The reporter learned that Heinz does not include milk powder in its products produced and sold in China.
In 1984, the group established a joint venture with the Yantang Enterprise Corporation of Guangdong Province of China and the United Food Enterprise Center of Guangdong Province, specializing in the production of baby rice flour and bottled baby food. In 1999, the Heinz Group and Tianjin Ocean Shipping Company andQingdao Taifa Group established a joint venture Heinz Tianyuan Food Co., Ltd., which mainly produces bottled baby food and tomato sauce.
Last June, Heinz acquired three food factories in Guangdong and established a wholly-owned enterprise Heinz Weiyuan Food Co., Ltd.
The company’s products include soy sauce, vinegar, oyster sauce, seasoning sauce, seasoning powder and so on.