Similac recalls 5 Million cans of infant powder formula because of health risks

The makers of Similac powder infant formula, along with the Food and Drug Administration are issuing a recall for a very disturbing reason. Abbott Laboratories says it stems from what company representatives describe as the chance of a small common beetle in the product. The recall includes as many as 5 million cans, but only affects powder products and not liquid.

An Abbott spokesperson says the presence of a small common beetle was detected in the product, which was made at a manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan. The company has halted production of the product and continues its investigation. The plant is now being fumigated and this could take a few days to complete.

Products Affected

Powder Only

  • 8-ounce,
  • 12.4-ounce
  • 12.9-ounce cans

Possible Harm to Children

The FDA says if this particular type of beetle is consumed, it may cause adverse affects on the body, including irritation to the G. I. tract and loss of appetite. If symptoms remain for more than a few days, parents should call their pediatrician.

Past Infant Formula Recalls

This is not the first time a recall has been issued involving infant formula. From 1982 to 1994 as many as 22 substantial recalls were issued. Reasons for the recalls included everything from salmonella contamination to little bits of glass.

Geographical Areas Affected

This latest infant formula recall include various areas including the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, as well as some areas in the Caribbean.

Legal Questions

Attorney Jeffrey Killino’s focus is on keeping kids safe and knows child injuries, whether they stem from a product recall, food or otherwise, are very serious and can leave a parent feeling helpless. If you believe your child was injured as a result of a faulty or recalled consumer or food product please contact child injury attorney Jeffrey Killino at 877-875-2927 today.