Potassium Chloride in formula is making babies sick?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Potassium Chloride in formula is making babies sick?
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Sun, 10-21-2012 - 1:29pm

Potassium chloride is used for making fertilizer, fire extinguishing agent, and for lethal injections. And now for baby formula!

Nestle recently changed their NAN H.A. Gold baby formula to include potassium chloride - and what a surprise - babies are getting sick!

Nestle says it is safe. Independant tests have confirmed it is not a food safety issue.

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From Wikepedia:

Side effects can include gastrointestinal discomfort including nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding of the digestive tract. Overdoses cause hyperkalemia, which can lead to paresthesia, cardiac conduction blocks, fibrillation, arrhythmias, and sclerosis.

Orally, potassium chloride is toxic in excess; the LD50 is around 2.5 g/kg (meaning that a lethal dose for 50% of people weighing 75 kg (165 lb) is about 190 g (6.7 ounces)). Intravenously, this is reduced to just over 30 mg/kg, but of more concern are its severe effects on the cardiac muscles: high doses can cause cardiac arrest and rapid death, thus the aforementioned use as the third and final drug delivered in the lethal injection process.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium_chloride

So if 6.7 ounces is lethal for a 165 lbs adult, how much can an newborn tolerate?

Is my math right? For a 9 lb baby - 0.37 ounce would be lethal?

How much would a baby ingest over a day's time?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Nestle external relations manager Margaret Stuart said the recipe had been changed to offer a better taste and smoother texture, and that it was in line with "the most recent recommendations from paediatricians".

Parents report a variety of symptoms in their children, including dark green watery poo, vomiting, rashes and dehydration.

Nestle NAN H.A. 1 Gold baby formula 'making children sick'
http://www.news.com.au/business/companies/nestle-nan-ha-1-gold-baby-formula-making-children-sick/story-fnda1bsz-1226445965641

Re-formulated Nestle infant formula tested after consumer complaints:
http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/Re-formulated-Nestle-infant-formula-tested-after-consumer-complaints

Parents cry foul over new formula recipe
http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-food/parents-cry-foul-over-new-formula-recipe-20120809-23vri.html

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Potassium Chloride:

"Small intestinal ulcers may occur with oral administration. Large doses ingested can cause gastrointestinal irritation, purging, weakness, and circulatory collapse."
Dictionary of Food Additives

"When taken orally it may irritate the gastrointestinal tract (vomiting, diarrhea, and ulcer formation) and cause weakness and shock."
From the book "Hard to Swallow"

Contained in: ProSobee powder and liquid, Isomil, SMA liquid and powder, Alsoy (9th on the ingredient list), Follow-up, Nutramigen.

Source: http://www.babyloveproducts.com/babyformula.html