Similac Recalled After Beetles Found in Baby Formula and Factory
[img_assist|nid=195027|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=225|height=225]Sep 22, 2010 (GreenAnswers) – Abbot Laboratories is recalling five million containers of Similac after two consumers found beetles in the popular baby formula. Beetles were also found in the Michigan plant where the product is manufactured.
According to reports, the recall affects only the powdered infant formulas. Liquid formulas are not included in the recall.
Based on concerns about contamination, the company recently tested their product line and discovered only 0.02% of all containers were contaminated with beetles.
Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz indicated that “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 voluntary recall will reportedly cost the company $100 million.