When an internal quality review conducted early this month at a Michigan based plant for Abbot, the company that manufactures Similac infant formulas, the findings returned a startling revelation. Cases of Similac powdered infant formula likely contained pieces of a common warehouse beetle. Though there have been no reports of infants becoming sick with the tainted formula, the FDA warns there is a likelihood of gastrointestinal upset or flu-like symptoms if children consume the recalled formula. Earlier this week, Babble’s The Family Kitchen writers, Stacie Billis and Shaina Olmanson published general recall information, as well as an initial list of recalled lot numbers. Since that time, Similac has launched a recall website which includes an extensive list of lot numbers affected by the recall.
In a comment left on The Family Kitchen earlier this week, the Similac team indicated:
We know that there are still some difficulties with the Similac recall website. We’ve heard requests for a lot number lookup, and it is here. You can search for your lot number in the PDF list here. Once you get this information, if you are at all concerned, please keep trying to reach us at 1-800-986-8850. We are continuing to get more people on our phone line and more bandwidth on our site. We know there are questions out there, and we are doing everything we can to talk to everyone as quickly as possible.
On the Abbot company website, the following general guidelines for determining if the infant formula you are using is affected by the recall have been given.
- All Similac powder formula in rectangular plastic tubs is being recalled.
- For Similac powder formula in cans or other packaging, visit the Similac Recall Website to obtain a list of all recalled lot numbers or call the Similac recall hotline for immediate assistance.
- All Similac liquid formulas are NOT part of the recall.
- 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) are NOT part of the recall.
- Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.
- Parents and caregivers can go to the Similac Recall Lookup Website, or call Abbott’s consumer hotline, (888) 376-2054, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company has indicated, “Abbott is aware of a significant amount of call volume and website traffic, resulting in longer wait times. We are increasing our call center resources and expanding the bandwidth of our websites to accommodate more inquiries.”
- Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.