Parents still reeling from the recent Children’s Tylenol recall are about to receive some more bad news. Web MD is reporting that Abbott Laboratories, an Illinois based company that also manufactures Ensure adult nutrition drinks, is voluntarily recalling their popular Similac baby formula. What is the reason behind the 2010 Similac recall? According to Abbott, there is the “remote possibility” that the formula “may contain small insect parts and beetle larvae.”
Bugs Found at Michigan Plant Prompt 2010 Similac Recall
Beetles were discovered in a production area at a plant in Sturgis, Michigan that manufactures Similac. As soon as the insects were found, the line was immediately shut down. Company Spokesperson Melissa Brotz stated that the company is actively working on the problem. “We immediately shut down that one area and began an investigation. We’re in the process of resolving it now,” Brotz explained. Abbott is working closely with the FDA on resolving the contamination issues. The Sturgis plant is only one of several in U.S. cities that manufacture the popular infant formula.
Health Risks from Recalled Similac
According to the FDA, the possible insect contamination poses no immediate, significant or life-threatening health risks to infants that may ingest recalled Similac formula. Side effects of eating the bug-laden formula may include gastrointestinal upset, stomach ache, digestion problems and diarrhea. Infants may also display a refusal to eat as small bug parts irritate the GI tract and cause discomfort. The FDA recommends that any infant who has consumed the recalled formula and experiences the above symptoms for more than a few days be taken for medical treatment.
Products Included in the 2010 Similac Recall
CBS News is reporting that following Similac products are included in the recall:
Similac Advance EarlyShield
Similac Isomil Advance
Similac Sensitive Isomil Soy
Similac Organic and Similac Advance Organic
Similac Sensitive R.S.
Similac Sensitive for Spit-Up
Similac Go & Grow
Similac Go & Grow EarlyShield
Similac Go & Grow Soy
What is Not Included in the 2010 Similac Recall
Although Abbott is recalling 5 million containers of Similac, not all Similac formulas are being recalled. Not included are all Similac ready-to-feed liquid formulas, all concentrated formulas and specialty formulas. That includes Similac Expert Care Alimentum, Neosure, Elecare, Human Milk Fortifier and 0.6 oz Similac powder singles. Similac powder in cans with with T3, RE, 9V or NT in the middle of the lot number are not included in the 2010 Similac recall. The recall also does not affect any other Abbott brand products.
How to Find Out if You Have Recalled Similac
Consumers who believe they have Similac covered by the recall can visit the Similac website. The site was down as of Thursday morning due to high volume. You can also check lot numbers by calling Abbott’s consumer hotline at (800) 986-8850. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have a verified lot number of Similac that is covered by the recall, you may return it Abbott for a full refund. In the meantime, it is recommended that consumers temporarily switch to Similac ready-to-feed or concentrated formula or use another brand.
Similac is the best selling baby formula in the country, with yearly sales around $5.3 billion. It is estimated that Abbott stands to lose approximately $100 million from the Similac recall. Brotz assures consumers that “delivering anything less than the highest quality infant formula is unacceptable to us. We will do whatever is necessary to maintain the trust of parents in the coming weeks.”