As reported by most news outlets today, Abbott Labs issued a major recall of Similac powder baby formula, citing the possibility of the powder containing beetles.
This immediately caught the attention of my wife and I because we feed our 5-month-old daughter Similac powdered formula (although we also mix in the liquid version as well). When I got home from work I took our 3 Similac containers down to the computer (2 were open and actively used, 1 was still sealed), went to the Similac recall website, typed in the product lot numbers on the bottom of the box, and much to our disappointment, all containers were matches.
At the time of this post, I’m not overly concerned with my daughter’s health – she’s seemed fine through all bottles that have included this formula (both containers were about half-way used) and the FDA has indicated that the symptoms would not be too terrible (stomach irritation, loss of appetite, etc).
We are going to move over to the liquid Similac product for now and I’ve started the process of sending the recalled products to Abbott Labs for a refund.
Overall, this is an unfortunate incident, but Abbott has handled it well with very detailed directions and descriptions on their website, a lookup tool to type in the product lot numbers to determine recall status, and they also appeared to purchase a sponsored link for the Google search phrase “Similac Recall.” All well intentioned ways to help concerned parents. My complaint so far is that their hotline for parents to call has been busy for over an hour.
We’ll see what the next few days bring with my daughter’s health and the responsiveness of Abbott with returning the recalled formula.