Abbott recalls bugs tainted Similac baby powdered formula


Similac powdered infant formula is a trusted brand name for millions of families. Parents and caregivers who have been using the Similac infant formula and have it in their shelf, check the details if it is the one that appeared in the recent recall list.  Illinois based Abbott Laboratories is recalling 5 million containers of Similac powdered infant formula following an internal quality review, which noticed the possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product. The company is recalling Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.

Recalled product List

  • 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.


Are all Similac brand products recalled by Abbott?
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
  • metabolic formulas for inherited disorders

Is there any risk associated with recalled Similac formula, if my baby has already consumed?
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that  the similac formula containing beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract....

FDA requested to parents and caregivers if any of these symptoms persists for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.

How can I return the recalled products?
Abbott said that affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer. If you find a recalled product in your home, please check or call Abbott’s consumer hotline, (800) 986-8850, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.

Holger Liepmann, executive vice president, Abbott Nutrition said “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.”

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Source: WebMD


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