Abbott Recalls Millions of Containers of Similac Formula

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.

The voluntary action affects up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries. The company said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomach ache and digestion problems.

The recall does not affect any liquid formulas or other Abbott-brand products.

A company spokeswoman said Abbott uncovered the insects last week in one section of a Michigan manufacturing plant.

“We immediately shut down that one area and began an investigation,” said Abbott’s Melissa Brotz. “We’re in the process of resolving it now.” Abbott manufactures Similac at several U.S. sites.

Brotz said the company has been consulting with the Food and Drug Administration, which determined there was no “immediate health risk” from the contamination.

The company has set up a website and consumer hot line at (800) 986-8850. Consumers can enter the lot number on their containers online to determine if they are subject to the recall. The products should be returned to Abbott for a full refund.

“Delivering anything less than the highest quality infant formula is unacceptable to us,” said Brotz. “We will do whatever is necessary to maintain the trust of parents in the coming weeks.”

The affected products were sold in plastic containers and various can sizes, including 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce.

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A friend of mine has a 3 week old little boy who got sick because of this. There are so many things wrong with this.

I would have to disagree on why this is called “voluntary”. Its more likely that FDA would have required a recall but Abbott negotiated to be able to do a ‘voluntary’ recall instead since it helps the PR. I think you are giving Abbott a bit too much credit here. They have no choice but to do a recall but I expect more from a company who manufacturer’s food for infants. This stuff isn’t cheap so they should have more then enough means to make sure every bottle of formula comes from a clean facility before it ships out. I… Read more »

It’s called “voluntary” because the FDA is not requiring the recall, but Abbott is recalling the formula anyway. This is a good thing the company is doing. I commend them for their willingness to correct a problem that the FDA deems minor. Please understand what the words mean before posting a nasty comment!


Abbott sucks I have over 30 cans that I stocked my house with that are recalled. I now live out of the country can’t get a fedex lable on the website, I get through on the phone and then it tells me to go to the website.

ABBOTT you suck, this could cause stomach upset and some children may refuse food, you call this a voluntary recall.

Rebecca VanSickle

Could you please send me the website for the recall on the Similac formula. I cant seem to find it on the Similac website.