Mom Says She Found Worms in Her Baby's Formula -- and She's Not the Only One

worms in formulaHere's a story that's sure to give you nightmares for the rest of your days: New mom Taylor Seyler of Missouri got a nauseatingly horrible and most unwelcome surprise while feeding her 2-month-old son Keighan. She says she looked down at his bottle of formula and saw ... worms. WORMS. Worms in her baby's formula -- and to make matters worse, he'd already gulped down two ounces! (Everybody go ahead and scream now.)

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Keighan is mostly breastfed, but Seyler says she recently needed to supplement and bought a can of Similac (a popular brand often used in hospitals). Everything seemed fine at first, until ... the unthinkable.

"Two ounces down I noticed the worms and I was like 'Oh. That's great,'" Seyler told KPNX. "Took it from his mouth, went and put a napkin over the faucet and we poured it down the drain and we saw the maggots on it."

It's literally like some kind of bad dream that would make a new mom wake up in the middle of the night shrieking. Consider how carefully that poor woman probably sterilized that bottle and how precisely she prepared the formula -- and for what??

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Sadly, she's not the only mom out there to make this disgusting discovery (and Similac isn't the only brand). Mom Helen Williamson also found worms in her daughter's Nutramigen formula, as she told KPNX; the topic has also shown up on parenting message boards.

So this is definitely a thing that happens ... but why? Why, why, why? I mean, I'm no expert on the topic of maggots in packaged foods, but it's easy to think this has to be the result of some kind of negligence during the manufacturing process, right? As Williamson put it:

"I just feel like they're not doing something right because there wouldn't be, I'm sorry they look like maggots to me. There wouldn't be maggots crawling around in my baby's bottle."

GAH. And if you think that sounds bad, well, you've really got to see what these moms are talking about to fully experience the horror. Watch this IF you have a strong stomach:

Poor babies! One would hope that, at the very least, the formula companies would be reaching out to these parents with a few free cases of their (hopefully worm-free) product. Except, as it turns out, the worms might not be the fault of the manufacturers after all -- at least, that's what they're claiming.

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In a statement given to KSHB, Abbott, the company that makes Similac, claimed the cause was likely contamination after the formula was opened.

We take all concerns about product quality and safety seriously. Parents can be confident that our Similac infant formulas are safe. A third-party entomologist has reviewed the photos and concluded that based on the life cycle, and the age and size of the Indian meal moth larva in the photos, they entered the product after it left our facilities and the safety seal was removed. Our products pass rigorous safety and quality checks, including numerous steps to check for foreign objects and ensure proper packaging.

Indian meal moths are very common and can often be found in kitchen pantries inside flour and cereal. To prevent contamination, caregivers should inspect products before use and practice safe handling with powdered formula, including washing hands, closing containers tightly after each use and storing products in a dry, cool, clean place.

Unsurprisingly, Mead Johnson (the makers of Nutramigen) issued a statement along the same lines, noting that there were no similar complaints. So what are formula-feeding moms to do, besides making sure containers are tightly closed and scrutinizing every last drop to make sure there are no creepy crawlies swimming around? 

The frustrating truth: That's really all you can do. Without driving yourself crazy, of course (which is the real trick). For parents, there are just some things -- too many things -- we can't control. We can only do our best (and hope for the best). And try to forget we ever, ever heard this story!

 

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