Lawyers on the Product Recall Team at Shrader & Associates Continue Their Investigation Into the Bacterial Contamination at the Simply Thick, LLC Manufacturing Plant

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Shrader & Associates, LLP has uncovered that the FDA is now sending letters to consumers that have purchased Simply Thick products. These letters are following FDA reports of premature infants developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) after being fed Simply Thick products.

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A series of SimplyThick® thickening gel products that were manufactured at Thermo Pac, LLC’s food processing plant in Stone Mountain, Georgia were the subject of a voluntary recall after the company was advised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Thermo Pac’s failure to file for a scheduled process designed to make sure harmful bacteria are destroyed during the manufacturing process. The Simply Thick recall was first publicized in this May FDA report.

Shrader & Associates believes that Simply Thick is conducting its own investigation in an attempt to limit their liability with respect to children who are sick. One source tells Shrader & Associates that representatives from Simply Thick are calling consumers who have purchased the product asking if their children are healthy and if not, what symptoms the children do have. These representatives are also asking if these consumers are seeking legal advice or if they have hired an attorney. “These families are under no obligation to answer questions or even speak with representatives of SimplyThick®,” said Ross Stomel, the Partner at Shrader & Associates who is heading up the Product Recall Team. “This company is making healthy kids sick and sick kids even sicker.”

Simply Thick is a brand name of a thickening agent used to assist people, especially young children, with swallowing difficulties. Simply Thick used for infants and premature babies is being mixed with breast milk or formula. However, Simply Thick is also used by families with children who have swallowing difficulty at varying ages. The independent investigation that Shrader & Associates has been conducting is showing that children as old as 5 years of age have developed issues similar to those of infants and premature babies while on a feeding regimen that included Simply Thick.

The Product Recall Team at Shrader & Associates strongly urges anyone still using Simply Thick to discontinue use of the product and contact their physician immediately. The current situation involving Simply Thick is resulting in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in babies. However, it is becoming apparent that the bacterial contaminants are affecting older children as well. Further, parents and health care providers are urged to contact the FDA’s MedWatch and Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting program should they become aware of any necrotizing enterocolitis symptoms or Simply Thick side effects.

If your child, or a child you know has been diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), has had surgery to repair damage to their intestines or colon, has had a bowel resection, has had reoccurring bacterial infections in their abdomen or gastrointestinal tract, has experienced any extreme bowel problems, or other symptoms that can be found at please seek legal advice immediately.

Choosing a lawyer is a personal decision and should not be taken lightly. The litigation process is lengthy and sometimes overwhelming. Shrader & Associates treats each client as an individual and is committed to helping families affected by Simply Thick.


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