SimplyThick® 2013 Necrotizing Enterocolitis Risk Update
John L. Holahan is currently apprising customers that his 2001 SimplyThick® xanthan gum based product is contraindicated for infants and for those with a history of necrotizing enterocolitis.
WARNING - [SimpyThick] NOT intended for use with preterm or infants under 12 months of age. Or children under the age of 12 years with a history of NEC [necrotizing enterocolitis].
Although no definitive link between NEC and SimplyThick® brand products has been found or established, in an abundance of caution, anyone at risk for or with a significant risk factor for developing NEC should not use SimplyThick® products.It is note worthy that Mr. Holahan's 2013 advisory is more encompassing than the SimplyThick® infant safety alerts issued by the FDA in May 2011 and September 2012.
SimplyThick® Adverse Infant Medical Events
Mr. Holahan states that there is insufficient evidence to implicate SimplyThick® as a disease-causing agent but the following reports indicate that there is a causal relationship between the xanthan gum infant formula thickener and necrotizing enterocolitis.
Warning Too Late for Some Infants—The New York Times
SimplyThick Neonatal Intensive Care Practices
FDA "SimplyThick" Infant Health Risk Warnings are Complicated
Thermo Pac, LLC—SimplyThick— Processing Deficiencies
Infant— SimplyThick—Alert: Health Canada October 18, 2012
John L. Holahan—SimplyThick—Xanthan Gum—Necrotizing Enterocolitis
John L. Holahan: Burdock Group SimplyThick Safe for Infant Formula Approval 2001
SimplyThick Infant Formula Experiment