Powdered Similac Recall Due to Contamination from Beetle Larvae

October 5, 2015

Abbott Laboratories is recalling about five million containers of Similac powdered baby formula, after learning that beetles or their larvae could be in packages made at one of its U.S. production plants, the WSJ reports.

Abbott halted production of the powdered Similac at its Sturgis, Mich., plant late last week upon discovering beetles in the production area, a spokeswoman said. The company recalled containers on store shelves in the U.S., Guam and some Caribbean countries Wednesday because testing found contamination in 0.2% of products, the spokeswoman said.

According to the company website, the recall of these powder infant formulas include:

  • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
  • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit www.similac.com/recall/lookup, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected, or call (800) 986-8850.

No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. Products not involved in the 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.