Beetle-tainted baby formula recalled

Local
stores have pulled Similac Powder Baby Formula from their shelves after the US
manufacturer Abbott announced that a small beetle might be present in some of
its products.

The company is recalling millions
of tins of the powdered baby formula after an internal quality check revealed
the presence of a “small common beetle in the product produced in one production
area in a single manufacturing facility”, according to a press release from the
company.

A company spokesperson told Reuters
news agency that the recall came after reports by two consumers of
contamination, and its inspection of an area of the plant in Sturgis, Michigan,
where beetles or their larvae were found.

The US Food and Drug Administration
determined that while the formula containing these beetles posed no immediate
health risk, children who consume the insects or their larvae in formula might
refuse to eat due to small insect parts irritating the gastrointestinal tract
and may experience stomach and intestinal discomfort.

Parents are advised that if these
symptoms persist in their children for more than a few days, a physician should
be consulted.

Holger Liepmann, executive vice
president, Abbott Nutrition said: “Abbott understands that parents expect to
feed their children only the highest quality product. We are taking this action
so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide
unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known. We
regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers.”

Similac products sold in Cayman
which have been removed from shelves at Foster’s Food Fair IGA are:

Similac Advance Powder with iron
12.9-ounce, lot number 0074-55958; Similac Isomil Advance with iron 12.9 ounce,
lot number 70074-55964; and Similac Organic Powder 12.9 ounce, 70074-59544. Of
these lots, only the ones with RB in the code are affected (example xxxxxRBx).

Lots numbers can be found in the
bottom of the powdered formula containers.

The recall includes certain Similac
powder product lines in plastic containers and some in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and
12.9-ounce cans.

No Abbott liquid infant formulas
are affected, the company stated.

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, such as Similac Expert
Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure®, Similac® Human Milk
Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.

Foster’s Food Fair IGA reported
that the three lots of affected formula will remain unavailable at its stores
until it receives further correspondence from the manufacturer. Customers who
have purchased the product can return it to Foster’s for a full refund.

Abbott said it was recalling fewer
than five million units of the baby formula in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and
some countries in the Caribbean, including Cayman.

To immediately find out if the
product in your possession is included in this recall, click here and
type in the lot number to determine if the product is affected, or call
(800) 986-8850.

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Similac Powder Baby Formula is being recalled due to possible beetle infestations
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