Similac powdered infant formula is being recalled after some consumers found beetles in the powder infant formula. The FDA Similac recall announcement states that Abbott Laboratories is voluntarily conducting the recall of millions of containers of powder Similac formula.
The company searched the Sturgis, Michigan plant further and found that some formula may contain parts of a small common beetle or its larvae. The products affected include Similac powder in the 8 ounce, 12.4 ounce, and 12.9 ounce cans.
Reuters reports the loss represents about $100 million to Abbott. Competitor, Mead Johnson’s Enfamil is seeing sales rise.
The problems for the company began when two consumers reported they found bugs in the powder. Abbott says it had made a decision to recall the product even before it received the beetle reports and that fewer than five million containers are affected. Similac infant formula powder has been distributed in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Guam. The recall affects the powdered infant formula and not the liquid version. The product was all made on the same assembly line in Michigan.
Abbott says rest assured, when it tested the product it found 99.8% did not contain any beetle, which is an odd way to reassure consumers.
There were no injuries or illnesses reported to infants from the bugs.
The World Health Organization recommends that infants be breast fed exclusively for the first six months of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about half of women end up breast feeding their infants that long, although about 70 to 90 percent initiate breastfeeding initially before rejecting the idea.
Jacksonville product liability attorneys and lawyers throughout the nation will continue to monitor the recall for any new developments.