Worth mentioning: There is a large Similac powdered formula recall. It’s not dangerous, but gross. ICK. Ick, Ick, Ick.
The FDA announced today that Abbott (who makes the formula) voluntarily recalled formula due to concerns about bug contamination. Yup, bugs. Beetles and Beetle larvae in the powdered formula. The recall involves powdered formula made by Similac:
- Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
- Certain Similac powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.
The recall states that babies could have a bit of tummy upset (GI distress) or refuse a bit of formula if they ate contaminated samples. I’m not worried at this point about harm or danger for infants drinking this formula. The stomach acid (& pH) and GI tract of a baby can likely handle this without any trouble. Instead, it’s a disgusting reminder that when we don’t make food ourselves, we remain vulnerable to companies who do, to keep and hold high standards of safety and hygiene.
If more information unfolds that is alarming or worrisome, I will update this post.
I read lots of reports on Twitter and online proclaiming this is a great reminder to breastfeed. I agree, offering breast milk will never involve a recall. But I will say this (and loudly): some of us had or have a difficult time making enough milk for our babies. Sometimes parents offer formula because they need to, not because they choose to. THIS IS NOT ANOTHER REASON TO FEEL GUILTY. Just a reason to check your can of formula if you have Similac lying around and follow recall instructions. Don’t let this shake you.
Online sources of information about the formula recall:
- Call 1-800-986-8850 for questions, recall information, and rebates. (Open 7 days week/24 hours a day)
- Similac’s website on the recall (although hasn’t been working for me between 5pm and 10pm tonight).
- FDA announcement of the recall.
- Nice photos and concise recall summary on NPR Shots Blog to help you determine if your can of Similac should be tossed out.
Call your pediatrician with any further questions, although I doubt you’ll need to.