Abbott Laboratories, makers of the popular brand of infant formula called Similac, announced yesterday that it is voluntarily recalling millions of containers of its top-selling powdered infant formulas after beetles were found in the products and in a Michigan plant where they are made.
The recall comes after reports by two consumers of contamination (that's two customers who found beetles in their formula!) and an internal quality review of an area of the plant in Sturgis, Mich., where beetles or their larvae were found.
Roughly 5 million units of powdered Similac are affected by the recall. The product has been recalled in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean markets. Liquid forms of Similac are not affected.
The recalled products involve powdered Similac in plastic containers, and in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans. Contact Similac at similac.com/recall for more information or call 800-986-8850 to find out if your product is affected.
What would happen if your baby ate the tainted formula? Other than the gross factor, not much. According to a statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the formula does not pose any immediate health risks but that infants who consume the contaminated formula may experience stomach discomfort and may refuse to eat as a result of irritation to the gastrointestinal tract.
Yeah, I think I'd refuse to eat if I found beetles in my food, too!
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