In a statement issued by the company, Humana said the formula was kosher, manufactured under rabbinical supervision to insure it complied with Jewish dietary law, and followed specifications provided by Remedia. “Humana is doing everything it can to obtain further information that will clarify the matter. As well as the baby food, the illnesses may have had other causes,” the statement said.
According to Yediot Aharonot, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported in October 1995 that Humana had sold baby products containing proteins to infants that were allergic to proteins. Following the report, a civil suit was filed against the company and German authorities launched an investigation. Der Spiegel also reported that impurities were found in Humana products.
According to a Maariv report, the Health Ministry asked the Shin Bet and Mossad security services to become involved in the Remedia investigation due to the suspicion that the formula’s lack of B-1 vitamin could have been caused by terrorists. A senior Health Ministry official told Maariv that because the Humana production line was geared specifically for Israel, and for Jewish babies, someone could have intentionally tampered with the formula’s composition. Officials at the Shin Bet and Mossad would not confirm the report, the paper said.