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Questions and Answers on the Abbott Infant Formula Recall
September 27, 2010
Q: What is being recalled by Abbott and why?
A: Abbott Nutrition issued a voluntary recall on a number of its Similac products. Abbott notified FDA on September 20, 2010 that during a quality check at their plant in Sturgis, Michigan, a common warehouse beetle (both larvae and adults) were discovered in containers of (finished product) Similac powdered formula. The lot numbers are located on the bottom of the individual container (see images of example lot numbers below). For a complete list of recalled products, go to http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/infantformula/index.cfm#InfantFormula.
Q: Are these beetles a health risk to my child?
A: FDA has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no long-term health problems, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae could experience gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. FDA is advising consumers who have recalled product not to feed it to their child.
Q: What should I do if my child has these symptoms?
A: If the symptoms persist for more than a few days, you should consult your health care provider.
Q: What kinds of containers of formula are covered by this recall?
A: The recall involves all Similac powder infant formulas sold in plastic tubs, and certain Similac powder product lines offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9 cans. This includes Isomil and Go & Grow powder formula.
Check FDA’s searchable database at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/infantformula/index.cfm#InfantFormula
for all products and sizes.
Q: What about liquid formulas?
A: No Abbott liquid infant formulas are included in this recall. Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed is not included in this recall.
Q: My baby’s doctor has recommended a special Similac formula called Expert Care – is that part of the recall?
A: Products NOT involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, including Similac Expert Care, Alimentum, Elecare, Similac Expert Care Neosure, Similac Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.
Q: Should I take the recalled formula back to the store?
A: Abbott has set up a special number that consumers should call to answer questions about how to return recalled product. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-986-8850.
Q: I ordered my formula from the Abbott on-line store. What should I do?
A: Customers who ordered formula from abbottstore.com should check FDA’s searchable database to find out if they are in receipt of recalled product. If so, they should discontinue using it. Abbott has indicated that on-line customers are also being contacted directly by the company regarding return of the product and a refund or replacement.
Q: What is Abbott doing to clean up this problem in their Michigan plant?
A: The Abbott plant in Sturgis, Michigan immediately ceased production when this problem was discovered and put all product manufactured at the Michigan plant on hold. FDA will return to the plant to verify that actions have been taken to address the problem before the plant can resume production of infant formula at the Michigan location.