During synagogue services this morning, an alarming announcement was made – Remedia’s soy-based baby formula was tampered with by terrorists, and six babies had already been affected, with some of them dying. I immediately ran home and was relieved to find that we do not use this brand nor soy-based formula for our eldest child.
This followed a police car with a loudspeaker driving through our neighborhood and announcing something last night. While at the time we could not discern the announcement, it was revealed that the police car was announcing this alarming development.
Ha’aretz are not reporting the terrorist spin. Which begs the question: was the synagogue announcement a knee-jerk reaction to the revelation that babies had been poisoned, with no additional proof of terrorism, or did the police specify this to the synagogue officials and the neighborhood since they have real evidence?
If this is indeed terrorism, can you imagine the implications?
In any event, for all of my Israeli readers, please stay away from Remedia soy-based baby formula. And please pass on the word.
Update 9/11: Still no mention of terrorism, although Ha’aretz are now reporting the loudspeakers (not the police but rather Arab drivers sent by Zaka) and the synagogue announcements in light of efforts to immediately notify religious neighborhoods (in which the residents observe the Sabbath and hence do not watch the television nor listen to the radio).
Update 10/11 9:00AM: Apparently it was not terrorism. The cause of the infant deaths is said to be due to the fact that the product contained no vitamin B-1. So I guess the announcement in synagogue that terrorists had tampered with it was indeed a knee-jerk reaction. Which goes to show you the psychological effect that the violence and terror has had on our lives.
Update 10/11 6:30PM: The plot thickens. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Mossad and Shin Bet secret service agencies have been called in to investigate. Sabotage has not been ruled out.