Ugh. Abbott Laboratories announced Wednesday that it would recall millions of containers of Similac powdered baby formula after (brace yourself) insect parts were found in the plant where they were made — and in the products themselves.
The recall follows two reports of contamination from consumers, and a search of the Sturgis, Michigan, plant in which beetles and/or their larvae were found. The company said it was voluntarily recalling just shy of 5 million units of Similac, the top-selling baby formula, in United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean markets.
After testing, Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz told Reuters, “more than 99.8 percent of the product turned up negative” for beetle contamination. (You know, not really that comforting.) The company said the Food and Drug Administration had determined that there was no “immediate health risk” from the contaminated formula, though “there is a possibility that 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.”
Though all the powdered Similac products made in the Michigan plant are being recalled, just in case, liquid Similac has not been affected or recalled. Other plants will step up production of the powdered formula to compensate for the recalled units. The affected products were sold in containers and cans of various sizes, including including 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce.
Consumers who think they may have the affected products can get more information on the Similac recall here. Or they can call (800) 986-8850.
“Delivering anything less than the highest quality infant formula is unacceptable to us,” Brotz told the Associated Press. “We will do whatever is necessary to maintain the trust of parents in the coming weeks.”
What do you think? Will this affect what you feed your baby in the long-run?
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