Abbott Labs is recalling some of its baby formula due to a possible beetle contamination. The pharmaceutical company announced that it had initiated the voluntary recall following reports from two consumers that they had found contamination in bottles of the company's No. 1 Similac powdered infant formula. Inspections of one part of a plant in the town of Sturgis, Michigan, showed evidence of beetles or their larvae.
Reuters reports that according to the company, the Similac recall will affect less than 5 million units in the U.S. and other countries. All of the powdered versions of the product that were manufactured in the Michigan plant are under recall. Liquid versions are unaffected by the recall. Company spokeswoman Melissa Brotz claims that after testing, Abbott found that 98.9 percent of the product was free from beetle contamination. Brotz described the beetle in question as one commonly found in houses, office buildings and grocery stores.
Since all the Similac produced in Michigan is being pulled, Reuters reports the company will increase productivity in its other plants to meet demand. The specific Similac products under recall are produced in plastic containers and various can sizes, including 8-ounce, 12.4 ounce and 12.9 ounce.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration 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,” the company said.
The Associated Press reports the company has setup a Web site and consumer hot line. Consumers with questions about the Similac recall may call (800) 986-8850.
The products may be returned to the company at no cost.