The Russian state sanitary and epidemiological service believes it is necessary to suspend the realisation of food for children produced by the German firm Humana and the Israeli firm Remedia.
Chief sanitary physician of the Russian Federation Gennady Onishchenko signed a corresponding letter on November 12, 2003. It says, in particular, that three babies died and 20 fell ill in Israel. They were feed with human milk substitute, based on soy beans and produced by the above-mentioned firms. The letter also indicates that the realisation of the babies' food under the trade marks of Humana, Remedia and Baby Sitter should be suspended in Russia until a special order is issued.
The German Humana firm produced soy bean milk exclusively for Israel where about 5,000 children were feed with it. As it turned out all the victims lacked Vitamin B1 which led to heavy disturbances of the central nervous system.