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  • 5 January 2014, 8:42

Baby Deaths: Hospital Recalls IV Supplies

Authorities in France have recalled a batch of nutrient bags used to feed infants after three babies died from bacterial contamination.

The parents of the three babies have filed criminal complaints for manslaughter following the deaths last month at a hospital in Chambery, southeastern France.

The bags were used to feed newborns intravenously in the hospital's neo-natal intensive care ward.

Analysis of several unused bags found they were contaminated with bacteria, the hospital told the parents.

"We've lodged the complaint to find out what happened," said the 37-year-old father of one of the babies.

"There was a failure in the system and this failure needs to be found so it never happens again."

The director of the hospital, Guy-Pierre Martin, said the contaminated IV nutrient bags were provided by a French pharmaceutical firm.

He refused to identify the firm, saying that was the responsibility of French government authorities.

France's health minister Marisol Touraine has announced that all the affected IV bags had been withdrawn.

She called the deaths "an extremely grave accident".

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