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One baby died and 14 are ill after being showered with Rolana Baby Shampoo. The SDFA in Saudi Arabia has warned the public against using the product.


February 8, 2009 11:00 by

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SDFA) released a statement advising the public to stop using Rolana Baby Shampoo, an Al-Hayat Factory for Medical Products in Dammam product. According to the statement, the product, operation number 46504058, “is polluted with Serratia Marcescens germ which may cause toxemia, meningitis, conjunctivitis, inflammation of urinary system, leading to death (God Forbids).”

Speaking to Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, an Arabic-language Saudi daily, Tariq Madani, a professor at King Abdulaziz University’s Medical College said that 14 babies have fallen ill and one baby died as a result of the polluted product, Arab News reported. Madani claims that the hospital acquired 15 boxes of the product to test for contamination, and, based on the findings – which he did not disclose – the hospital will be filling a complaint against the manufacturer.

Madani claimed that parents of the babies affected by the germ only started using the product four months ago.

Prior to SFDA’s statement, Omar Abu Shihada, general manager of Al-Hayat Factory, complained of defamatory remarks made about manufacturer’s products: “We have been producing the product and selling it for Aramco… for 20 years. Aramco teams regularly examine the product along with teams from the Ministry of health, and the product has never been found to be polluted,” he said.

Al-Hayat Factory’s spokesperson in Dammam, Saudi Arabia was not available for comment.


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1 Comment

  1. Miriam on February 9, 2009 8:06 pm

    The Saudi Arabian authorities impose ever tighter regulations on imported products and then allow dangerous products to be manufactured and sold in the Kingdom. They should spend more time ensuring that standards are being met in their own market.


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