Abbott announced a recall on Sept. 23, 2010, for select lot numbers of Similac-brand powder infant formulas. The recall affects purchases in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and some of the Caribbean. The recall stems from a quality review that was completed by Abbott within their facilities. A small common beetle was found in one of the production areas. As a precaution, Abbot is recalling the batch numbers manufactured within the facility.
Problems stated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include possible gastrointestinal discomfort by the child or refusal to eat. It is not felt that the side effects are life-threatening, but if a child continues to have problems after a few days, they should be taken to the family doctor.
The products affected include several powdered products in plastic containers and powdered products in 8, 12.4 and 12.9 ounce cans. There is no threat to any liquid Similac products. All ready-to-serve products can be used without worry concerning the recall.
There are several products that are not part of the recall. These products include ready-to-serve liquid products and all specialty formulas, whether they are liquid or powder. Specialty formulas include the Similac items Alimentum, Elecare, Expert Care, Human Milk Fortifier and any of the metabolic formulas used for inherited disorders. Note: There are no Ensure products affected by the recall.
Abbott is providing a Similac look-up website at Similac.com. Simply type in the lot number from the container to verify whether the particular can is part of the recall. The lot number is located on the bottom of the container. The website provides detailed information to help locate the number and any other pertinent information. An 800 number is provided for those individuals who do not have an Internet connection. The 800 number is 800.986.8850.
If you have a Similac product affected by the recall, simply return the product to Abbott for a full refund. The website provides all the appropriate information for the return process if the product is one that is on the recall list.
More information is available on the Abbott website. Up-to-date information is provided for the recall along with news releases and other pertinent information. Abbott’s website is located at www.abbott.com.
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