5 million cans of Similac infant formula are recalled

Abbott Laboratories has issued a recall of approximately 5 million cans of certain Similac-brand powdered infant formula due to the possibility of the presence a beetle.

Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz said that the presence of a small common beetle was detected in the product produced at a manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan. The company has since stopped production and shipment of the affected formula, and contacted the Food and Drug Administration to initiate the recall.

The recall includes certain Similac powder product lines that come in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, and 12.9-ounce cans. Abbott liquid formula is not a part of the recall.

The FDA said that this type of beetle, if ingested, could cause discomfort and irritate the gastrointestinal tract, causing the infant to lose appetite.

Just reading about it causes discomfort and irritates the crap out of me.

For the record – their servers and phone lines are blown out from the panic among parents. The link I provided hardly ever gets you through to the company.

2 thoughts on “5 million cans of Similac infant formula are recalled

  1. Déjà vu says:

    “The uproar over infant formula shortages is prompting lawmakers to confront how a federal nutrition program may be helping a small handful of formula manufacturers dominate the U.S. market.” https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/19/baby-formula-shortage-federal-contracts-00033581
    “The head of the Food and Drug Administration told lawmakers Thursday that a shuttered baby formula factory could be up and running as soon as next week, though he sidestepped questions about whether his agency should have intervened earlier at the plant at the center of the national shortage.
    …The problems are largely tied to Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan formula plant, the largest in the U.S., which has been closed since February due to contamination problems. The FDA announced a preliminary agreement with Abbott earlier this week to restart production, pending safety upgrades and certifications.” https://apnews.com/article/biden-covid-politics-science-e4aef87dfb74039f1612ca5279e85227
    “9 Republicans voted against a bill to help poor families buy baby formula amid the ongoing shortage
    Separately, 192 Republicans voted no on a bill to staff up the FDA to help manage formula supply.” https://www.businessinsider.com/9-republicans-vote-against-bill-poor-families-buy-baby-formula-2022-5
    “The Biden administration on Wednesday invoked a wartime tool, the Defense Production Act, in an effort to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula. Its use of the law, which Congress passed in the early days of the Korean War, reflects the magnitude of the supply crunch that has left many parents scrambling for formula.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/19/baby-formula-shortage-defense-production-act/

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