I received a news release a few days ago from Abbott Pharmaceuticals about their voluntary recall certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers and cans. According to the company, Abbott/Similac liquid infant formulas are not impacted or involved in the recall.
According to the company’s statement, the reason for the recall is there was 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 USFDA 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.” (Yuck.)
But how did the beetles get into the formula? According to CBS News, Abbott said the beetle is common local warehouse beetle. The article shares a timeline between discovery and the voluntary recall. In a matter of just three days, after internal testing and investigation, the company notifies the FDA and pulls the product off the shelves.
Having twins, we use Similac and of course purchase the largest containers we can find. I love that the lids have a convenient holster for the formula cup. However, we’ve been using soy formula for the past few days because our girls were having some digestion issues (yes, poop issues too). Could it be that we ingested formula that had beetle parts? Highly unlikely. But the timing is too much of a coincidence. So we’re taking it back to the store. (Costco called us and asked us to bring it back for a full refund — nice!)
Similac is the #1 brand of formula used in the United States. No doubt this may also spark renewed debate in the media about breast-fed versus bottle-fed babies (Hey, my job is a publicist, I predict trends). I also need to congratulate Abbott and Similac to address the issue and do the right thing of issuing the recall and notifying consumers and the general public that there may be an issue.
If you need to check lot numbers on your Similac products, visit their website.