Bettle-Tainted Similac Baby Formula Recall

US company Abbott Laboratories has started a voluntary recall of some Similac brands of powder infant formulas in the Caribbean, 

the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam after discovering that they may be contaminated with insect parts.

The recall includes certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers and powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans. The lots numbers of the recalled products are available at http://www.similac.com/recall.

A statement from the company yesterday said that following an internal quality review, which detected “the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility”.

Abbott said it is implementing a plan to address the matter in the manufacturing facility and that should be completed shortly.

“Abbott understands that parents expect to feed their children only the highest quality product. We are taking this action so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known. We regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers,” said executive vice president at Abbott Nutrition, Holger Liepmann.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said 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 as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract.

Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.

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