On September 22, 2010, Abbott Laboratories, maker of Similac initiated a recall of certain Similac powder infant formulas in the US. This Similac recall was undertaken after an internal quality review found the presence of "a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility." Now, a Similac lawsuit has been filed, alleging Abbott Laboratories sold millions of tubs of Similac powder formula that were contaminated with beetles and beetle larvae.
The Similac lawsuit was brought in federal court in Chicago and was filed on behalf of Maria C. Kiely, the mother of a newborn baby boy. The lawsuit alleges that Abbott Laboratories knew that its baby formula was tainted for at least six days prior to announcing a Similac recall. As a result, the Similac lawsuit claims, babies throughout the US suffered gastrointestinal health issues after ingesting tainted formula.
The September 22, 2010 Similac recall involved Similac powder infant formulas sold in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and other countries in the Caribbean. The recall was announced after an internal quality review detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that the formula containing the beetles poses no immediate health risk; however, there is a possibility that infants who ingest the contaminated formula could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort. These symptoms are caused by small insect parts irritating the infant's GI tract.
If symptoms, including gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat, persist, a doctor should be contacted.
The Similac recall of powder infant formulas includes products sold in 8-oz, 12.4-oz, 12.9-oz, 25.7-oz, 30.8-oz, 34-oz and 36-oz cans and tubs. Specific products included in the Similac recall (depending on the lot number) are:
- Isomil Advance Early Shield Powder
- Isomil Advance Powder
- Similac Advance Early Shield Powder
- Similac Advance LCP with Iron Powder
- Similac Organic Powder
- Similac Sensitive Early Shield Powder
- Similac Sensitive R.S. Powder
- Similac Sensitive with Iron Powder
- Go & Grow Milk Early Shield Powder
- Go & Grow Milk Powder
- Go & Grow Milk with Early Shield
- Go & Grow Soy Early Shield Powder
- Go & Grow Soy Powder
To check to see if your lot number was included in the recall, visit the Similac Recall website.
Abbott liquid infant formulas are not affected by the recall. Products not involved in the Similac 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.