FDA: Food Thickener May Have Killed 2 Infants
Warns against using SimplyThick gel when feeding premature babies
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2011 10:28 AM CDT
Packets of SimplyThick are seen in this screenshot from a promotional video.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – The FDA issued a warning today against using thickener when feeding premature infants. The agency has discovered that SimplyThick gel may cause serious damage to these babies’ intestines, NPR reports. Since opening an investigation on May 13, regulators have found 15 cases of such issues—including two deaths. In all cases, the prematurely born babies had difficulty swallowing, so SimplyThick was added to their formula or breast milk. SimplyThick says it’s investigating the issue as well.