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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.

Similac Lawsuit

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.

Similac Recall

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.

Similac Recall 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.

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Last updated November 5 2010

Reader Comments

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My 9 month old son was extremely ill and sent to the hospital from the recalled similac formula. He suffered extreme diarrhea for weeks which led to uncontrolled fevers. We visited the doctor and were sent to the emergency room. I still have formula cans and letter to company.

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I have had to miss multiple days from work to take him to appt's. Countless nights and days of not knowing why he is screaming and yelling but nothing seems wrong. Unable to travel far distances with him because of frequent vomiting and diarrhea. Also worrying because of the flucuation in his weight.

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I believe he has been sick from the tainted formula and has suffered unneeded testing as well as several doctors visits. His father and I have had to take off work on several occasions, and still do not know what further ramifications are to come. He has been crying and fussy for the last few months with no medical explanation and has had constipation, diarrhea and appears to be having pain in his stomach.

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My son has a severe heart condition and Jacobsens syndrome. When the similac recall happened my son was constantly bleeding and had bowel movements up to ten times a day and we had to switch him to a more expensive formula and have tests done. My son also has a very hard time gaining weight because of his heart condition so during this time he was losing weight which was not good either.

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My son was a little over two weeks old and was exclusively on Similac powder formula; we suffered financial problems when we had to stop feeding him the formula from the cans we had. We had to pay an extra copay for a doctor's appointment when he stopped eating, had to use our grocery money to buy him new formula and had to cancel several appointments whose copays we had set aside but needed to use to feed ourselves for the week until my husband got paid. I also had some emotional problems before he went to the doctor because the formula made him spit up so badly he was inhaling it through his nose and I was afraid if I laid him down he would drown in his own vomit, so I did not sleep for two days straight and spent much of my time crying. My family does not have a vehicle, which normally is no problem at all, but because of this recall we had extreme financial strain in addition to emotional strain.

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