A large recall of Similac brand powder infant formulas was announced by Abbott on September 22, 2010 because they may contain beetles or their larvae. These formulas were distributed in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.
Consumers were given a website to visit (http://www.similac.com/recall/) from which they could search for lot numbers of the recalled products.
Reportedly the website crashed at some point. If you had trouble accessing the website, there is now a form that can be viewed online or downloaded for printing that lists all of the lot numbers. It is a 38-page list, which is indicative of the size of this recall.
Here are links and telephone numbers that Abbott has supplied for consumers in regard to this recall of Similac brand powder infant formulas:
A link to download a 38-page report listing all of the affected lot numbers: http://abbott.vo.llnwd.net/o18/similac/sms/pdf/similac-recall-lot-numbers.pdf
The lookup site where you can search by lot number: http://www.similac.com/recall/lookup.aspx
The consumer form to return product to Abbott: http://www.similac.com/recall/consumer.aspx
To contact Abbott online: https://abbottnutrition.com/Contact-Us/Contact-Us.aspx
Healthcare professional information: http://www.similac.com/recall/hcp.aspx
Consumers and retailers can call: 888-376-2054
Consumer Hotline: 800-986-8850
Healthcare professionals can call: 800-545-5216
Note: There is a link that is listed on the website entitled “Find Replacement Product” that isn’t working properly. However, here is that link that you can try later as hopefully they will get it functioning correctly:
A reminder about the potential health risks to the infant: The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that 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 GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.
[See: Similac Powder Recall: May Be Beetle Parts in Product]