Thursday, September 23, 2010
Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.
Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Adminstration (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.
The recall of these powder infant formulas includes:
* Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
* Certain Similac powder product lines offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.
To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit www.similac.com/recall/lookup, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected, or call (800) 986-8850.
No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare ®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure ®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.
***Editor's Note--We understand many people are having trouble accessing the Similac website. Click here for the list of the lot numbers included in the recall.
Sedgwick County's message for WIC clients affected by the Similac recall:
If they have enough (non-recalled) formula to get through the weekend, we would ask that they wait and check with stores next week to see if any new formula is in stock for an exchange (Most are expected to restock by Monday or Tuesday).
If the client is out of the formula or will run out before the weekend, they will need to call the WIC Call Center at 660-7444 to schedule an appointment. (The clinic will substitute one can of recalled powder for four cans of concentrated formula). WIC does not keep formulas in stock, but it will issue a check for the four cans of concentrated formula.