Baby formula found to contain beetles


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, 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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