Abbott has issued a recall for certain Similac brand powder infant formulas due to contamination with—take a deep breath—beetles, beetle parts, and beetle larvae. Infants who consume the contaminated formula could experience gastrointestinal discomfort and may refuse to eat. Abbott recommends that if the stomach upset lasts more than a few days, you should take your child to the pediatrician.
The recall affects powdered formula made at a single manufacturing facility. The company says to visit the website to find out exactly which products are affected, but when I tried to log in to the site, I only got an error notice. Perhaps they are just flooded with concerned parents. The website for look up is www.similac.com/recall/lookup. Another option is to call Abbott’s consumer hotline at 1-800-986-8850, open 24/7.
In the meanwhile, we know that all the recalled products are either Similac powder products in plastic containers, OR Similac powder products offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, and 12.9-ounce cans. No liquid products are affected. If you cannot find out whether your Similac brand powdered product has been recalled, we recommend not using it until you can get through to the website or to someone on the phone line.
For more information about the recall, visit the dedicated web page at:
There have not yet been reports of serious injuries from this product. We’ll keep you posted if this becomes a serious health issue. If you have questions, HensonFuerst has answers.