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Similac Recall 2010: Lot Numbers and Information

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

Yesterday Abbott Laboratories recalled nearly 5 million cans of Similac formula because small common beetles and larvae were found in the canisters. Digestion of these beetle larvae can cause stomach pain or discomfort and nausea. Abbott Laboratories says there’s less than 1% of formula and that there is “no immediate health risk” that would be caused by ingestion. What to look for if your child drank the recalled formula and is now feeling sick.

This Similac recall comes on the heels of one of the largest egg recalls in our history, and I am pretty sure that it can get most parents reeling. Feed my baby beetles? Nothing aggravates more than putting innocent children in danger through the very food that should be feeding and nourishing them.

Keep reading for more Similac recall lot number information and website links to check your cans.

The cans involved in the recall were produced in a manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan and was found during an internal audit. The following lot numbers for 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans of Similac powder are involved in the recall:

# 87932T20
# 88117T26
# 78208T2
# 88136T20
# 91433t20
# 800-986-8550
# 800-545-5216
# 800-515-7677
# 800-986-8800
# 847-937-6100
# (847) 935-8865
# (847)935-3456
# 66128RB6
# 61251 RB6
# 61347RB
# 84314 RB
# 85454 T2
# 86580 T20
# 88137T20
# 90372T20

For additional concerns, visit the Similac recall site and type in the numbers from the bottom of the can. Refer to the picture below to help identify the numbers. You can also call Abbott Laboratories 24-Hour Hotline at (800) 986-8850.

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Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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15 thoughts on “Similac Recall 2010: Lot Numbers and Information

  1. [...] this exhaustive list of lot numbers (thank you, Shaina!) to see if your formula has been recalled. Or you can visit [...]

  2. Joshua Burns says:

    Thank you for listing the lot #’s, getting onto Similac’s own page was taking too long!

  3. Anna Johns says:

    I have put the number in numerous times and it does not open the page for thr recall site

  4. Anthony says:

    I would like to know how far back this dates too since the empty container I have used and purchased weeks ago is also listed on the list. Anyone have this information?

  5. Similac Team says:

    We know that there are still some difficulties with the Similac recall website (http://similac.com/recall). 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: http://abbott.vo.llnwd.net/o18/similac/sms/pdf/similac-recall-lot-numbers.pdf . 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. ~Similac Team

  6. Tim says:

    I will never use a Similac brand ever again!

  7. Cassie says:

    This has been very helpful. However, my two-month-old son goes through formula so often, how do i know that the last can of formula that i had wasn’t one of those that was recalled?

  8. Julie Whitney says:

    My daughter in law said her lot number was on the list, but when I checked mine, it was not there…I bought at the same time, same store…rechecking her info. Do I get coupons or something if her number is on the list?

  9. Chuck says:

    Bastards! I feed this to my kid.

  10. tabatha says:

    My grandbaby of 3mnths has been clenching his tummy and crying for the last two weeks, I thought it was gas, now I’m thinking this is it. I’m switching fomula

  11. FoodSafety.gov says:

    FDA has a complete list of recalled formula, along with a search page that lets you search by product name, package size, and lot number.

    Complete list (PDF format): http://go.usa.gov/xdf

    Search page: http://go.usa.gov/xpH

  12. Karen says:

    I could expect this from an outsourced work facility in a third world country, but not from a facility on our own soil. My 8 week old baby has been sick (suddenly extremely fussy, refused his bottle, couldn’t sleep, had awful gas) with what we thought was a stomach virus for about a week (since we opened this particular tub of Similac). I was informed of this recall and immediately switched him to the liquid form (not recalled) of Similac combined with the powder form of the generic (MUCH less expensive and clearly better for him) in order to move away from Similac permanently, and there has been a marked improvement in his temperament over the past 18 or so hours. I appreciate Similac voluntarily recalling the products because without doing so my baby would have remained in pain even longer, but on the flip side, we all know that as soon as the information was made public the FDA would have been all over the Similac corporation and would have likely shut them down. This is just a standard CYA procedure. Similac’s website notifies consumers that it will reimburse them for product still in possession – well, it better be actual monetary reimbursement and not product replacement because, again, I am switching my sweet baby to another formula permanently in hopes he won’t have to drink beetlejuice anymore!

  13. Similac Team says:

    If you’re having trouble getting through to our Similac recall consumer hotline, we have added a new, additional phone # for you: 888-376-2054. Please give us a call, 24/7. We’d like to hear from you! ~Similac Team

  14. Joan says:

    I think it’s terrible that 1)my daughter is feeding her twin babies Similac Sensitive because the regular Similac was too harsh on their little tummies. Now, we find that this special, sensitive mix has a good chance of having had beetles in it? One of the babies had irritability & loose green stools for a couple of days. Who’d have supposed that it probably was from her formula. 2)So now, with my daughter living on a tight string financially, she has to now spend so much more money to buy the ready-to-use cans of liquid formula because there’s no other option? That will really cut into her budget, seeing as how she is feeding this to 2 babies. Soon, stores will have a short supply of any form of Similac since it’s only select kinds that people can now buy. Truthfully, she tried Enfamil when Similac was recalled & the babies wouldn’t take it. They didn’t like it. Panic set in with all of us then!

  15. [...] 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 [...]

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