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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Baby Formula Recalled over Presence of Beetle

Abbott Laboratories has recalled around five million cans of Similac-brand powdered baby formula because of the possible presence of beetles. According to an Abbott spokeswoman, a small beetle was detected in the baby formula at the manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan. To add to the company's problems, both the website and hotline were apparently down.

The recall only affects Similac products inside plastic cans that come in 8 oz., 12.4 oz., and 12.9 oz sizes. The liquid products are fine. Abbott has stopped production and shipment of the affected Similac formula and contacted the Food and Drug Administration about the situation and to initiate a recall.

The spokeswoman added, "Parents place a lot of trust in Similac, and delivering anything less than the highest quality formula is unacceptable to us. That's why we're initiating the recall."

According to the FDA, the common beetle can cause indigestion and cause the infant to lose their appetite for a little while. The plant is also in the process of being fumigated, which will take a few days.

The recall is being issued in the US, Guam, Puerto Rico, and some nations in the Caribbean.

If your child becomes ill after ingesting formula you suspect is defective, please contact the experienced defective product attorneys at the Cochran Law Firm for an initial consultation. We serve clients nationwide.

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