This recall DOES NOT affect any liquid formulas.
Abbott Laboratories said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomach ache and digestion problems and create eating problems for young infants. A company spokeswoman said Abbott discovered the insects last week in the Sturgis, Michigan manufacturing plant. “We immediately shut down that one area and began an investigation,” said Abbott’s spokeswoman Melissa Brotz. “We’re in the process of resolving it now.” Abbott currently manufactures Similac at several U.S. sites. This recall mat result in a loss of one hundred million dollars or more in revenue. The recalls came after two consumers complained of contamination and the inspection at the plant in Michigan. The recalls were also made before the consumer reports were made public, according to their spokeswoman. After their testing, they found that more than 99.8 percent of the products they tested were negative for contamination. Thus, all the powdered formulas produced in Michigan are being recalled to cover any remote possibilities of contamination Brotz added.
The recall of these powder infant formulas includes:
· Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
· Certain Similac powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.
Abbott Laboratories also issued this statement: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat”.
To find out immediately if any Similac products in your possession are included in this recall, parents and caregivers should immediately visit Similac Recall , and type in the lot number of their formulas to determine if their product is affected, or call (888) 376-2054. This is a public service health alert and should be regarded as serious if you have infants and feed them baby formulas so please take all necessary precautions and check all your formulas out immediately!