According to Abbott, the makers of Similac baby formula, the company is voluntarily recalling certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.

The recall is for certain powder formulas only. No liquid formula has been recalled. If you’ve bought Similac powder formula and want to find out if it is included in the recall, you can visit or call 800-986-8850. The website seems to be slow at the moment — perhaps due to high volume. In fact, I was unable to get the site to fully load.

Abbott believes the possibility of any beetles or their larvae being in the formula is remote, but if they did make it into the formula, “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.”

The problem was found in one facility, and the problem is being addressed at that facility. Abbott has consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the problem.

If you find that you have purchased a product that has been recalled, you can return it to the retailer or to Abbott for a full refund. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.