Abbott Laboratories Inc., the makers of Similac baby formula, is voluntarily recalling certain lot numbers of their powdered baby formula because there is a 'remote possibility' that they may contain small insect parts and beetle larvae.
The beetles were found in the production area of one of their manufacturing facilities that makes Similac. Fortunately, unlike the recent egg recall and the dangers of Salmonella infections, there is not thought to be any immediate health risk from infants drinking this Similac baby formula that might be contaminated. Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as a stomach ache or refusal to eat, are possible symptoms of eating recalled formula.
The Similac recall includes:
- all lots of Similac formula powder product lines offered in plastic containers, including 1.38-lb, 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb containers
- Similac Sensitive Isomil Soy - 12.4-oz cans - only lots numbers containing RB
- Similac Advance - 12.4-oz cans - only lots numbers containing RB
- certain lots of Similac formula powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans
- Similac formula powder in 8-ounce sample cans that could have been given out in doctor's offices and hospitals
We have now posted the full list of Similac recall lot numbers for parents to search. Check to see if your Similac formula has been recalled.
The Similac recall does not affect Similac ready-to-feed or concentrated baby formula or any specialty baby formulas, such Similac Expert Care Alimentum or Similac Expert Care Neosure. Up to 5 million Similac-brand powder baby formulas that were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries may be affected by the Similac recall though.
If you can get through to their web site, you can check which Similac recall lot numbers of formula are included at www.similac.com/recall or you can call Abbott's consumer hotline at (800) 986-8850. Recalled baby formula can be returned to Abbott. If you can't verify that your Similac baby formula hasn't been recalled and is safe, you might buy a new container of Similar powdered formula, as long as the store has removed all lots of recalled formula already, temporarily switch to a small size powder (0.6-oz singles), ready-to-feed, or concentrated Similac formula, or temporarily switch to another brand of formula.
Interestingly, there was an article in the New York Times this week - 'Waiter, There's Soup in My Bug,' that talks about a restaurant in Brooklyn that introduces 'New Yorkers to the succulent wonders of edible insects.' I don't know if beetles were on the menu, although beetles are usually considered to be edible. I guess we should be thankful they are recalling these lots of contaminated Similar formula and not charging parents extra for a new line of organic formula with extra protein.