Baby food label switch fraud investigation nets two arrests

Baby formula (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Симилак). (Baby formula (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Симилак))

The police have arrested two people on suspicion of involvement in counterfeiting baby formula labels. The arrests form part of an ongoing investigation.

A spokesperson for the police told NU on Tuesday that the suspects' involvement is still under investigation. The spokesperson would give no further information on the arrests in the interest of the investigation.

On Monday Nutricia warned that the labels on Nutrilon Pepti 1 and Nutrilon Pepti 2 - baby formula intended for babies with a cow's milk allergy - may be falsified. Some of those cans may not contain Pepti but Nutrilon Nenatal 1, formula for premature babies. According to Nutricia, there is a limited amount of these cans in circulation.

Nutricia warned parents to immediately consult a physician if their child shows signs of an allergic reaction after drinking Nutrilon Pepti 1 or Nutrilon Pepti 2.