Abbott Laboratories is recalling 5 million containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula over concerns that the powdered formulas are contaminated by insect parts or larvae, the company said.
Abbott said a beetle was found in the production area of a manufacturing facility and says it can't rule out the possibility that insects or insect parts could have gotten into the formula. If infants were to consume formula containing beetles or beetle larvae, the main risk is gastrointestinal irritation that could lead to discomfort and the refusal to eat, Abbott said.
The recall only affects certain types of Similac powdered formula, including all those that come in plastic rectangular containers, as well as in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans. No liquid formula is affected and the company says an ample supply of formula is available.
The company said it consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before announcing the recall.
"We know that parents place great trust in our Similac products, and delivering anything less than the highest quality infant formula is unacceptable to us," Abbott spokeswoman Kelly Morrison told Consumer Ally. "We will do whatever is necessary to maintain the trust of parents in the coming weeks and months. The Similac powder products that are part of this recall pose no immediate health risk. However, these products did not meet the high standards for quality that parents have come to expect from us, and that's why we are acting quickly to recall them from the market."
The company has set up a recall site that includes a search tool to help parents find out whether any of the product they have at home is affected by this recall. If you have the recalled formula, return it to Abbott for a refund. Abbott is providing shipping labels and said there will be no cost to consumers.
Consumers with questions can call (800) 986-8850.
This story was updated on Sept. 22 at 4:45 p.m.
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