(Similac Formula Recall article updated with new information from the FDA.)
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last week due to the possibility that some of the product may have been contaminated by small common beetles and their larvae.
The powder infant formula recall includes certain Similac powder products sold in plastic containers as well as powders in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.
Abbot is recalling about 5 million containers of its Similac-brand powdered infant milk and soy based formulas which may include:
Similac Organic and Similac Advance Organic
Similac Sensitive R.S.
Similac Sensitive for Spit-Up
Similac Advance EarlyShield
Similac Isomil Advance
Similac Sensitive Isomil Soy
Similac Go & Grow
Similac Go & Grow EarlyShield
Similac Go & Grow Soy
Abbot suggests that parents and caregivers
look up the lot number on the bottom of their products
to see if it is part of the recall.
While the beetles don't pose an immediate health risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that infants who ingest the beetles or their larvae could have symptoms of "gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract."
"FDA understands that this kind of contamination is a great concern to parents and caregivers," says FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., "especially in a product they rely on to nourish their infants. To date, FDA has not received any consumer reports of illness associated with the recalled formula."
If an infant's upset stomach symptoms persist for more than a few days, the FDA suggests that parents or caregivers consult a doctor.
"Abbott understands that parents expect to feed their children only the highest quality product. We are taking this action so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known." Abbott Nutrition executive vice president Holger Liepmann "We regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers."
No liquid infant formulas are involved in this recall.
-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.
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