Baby formula found to contain beetles

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A maker of infant formula has voluntarily recalled some of its product, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a press release today.

Abbott is initiating a recall of certain Similac-brand powder infant formulas in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.

The company took the action following an internal quality review, which detected a possibility of a small common beetle in the formula that was produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility.

The formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, the FDA press release said. There is a possibility 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 stomach. If such symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.

The recall of these powder infant formulas includes certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers; certain Similac powder product lines offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit www.similac.com/recall/lookup, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected, or call 800-986-8850.

No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. The company is implementing a plan to address this beetle issue in the affected manufacturing facility, which is expected to be completed soon. No other facilities or products are involved in this recall.

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