Similac Formula Recall: 7 Things You Need to Know

similac recallIf you feed your baby Similac formula, it's time to stop. Abbott, the makers of Similac, have recalled their formula saying that beetles or their larvae were found in the powder. This affects about five million units that were sold or are for sale in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other Caribbean markets.  

Before you panic, here's what you need to know ....


1. The recalled products involve powdered Similac in plastic containers, and 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, and 12.9-ounce cans.

2. The beetle-tainted formula was manufactured at one facility in Michigan. No other facilities or products are involved in this recall.

3. Melissa Brotz, a spokesperson from Abbott, described the beetle as commonly found in houses, offices, and grocery stores.

4. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said there is a "possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat."

5. There are some Abbott products that have not been affected. They 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.

6. Visit, and type in your lot number to determine if your product is affected, or call (800) 986-8850. 

7. For reimbursement, fill out this return form and a pre-paid FedEx label will be sent to you. You can also call (800) 986-8850. 

UPDATE: Because of the high volume of calls, Abbott/Similac added another number to help you with questions/return information -- 888-376-2054 -- call anytime, 24/7.

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Update: We have a new story with more information about the recall, including lot numbers that are recalled and what to do if you have recalled formula.

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