(WIBW) - Certain varities of a popular infant formula are being recalled because some people found bugs in their purchases.
Abbott, the maker of Similac brand, initiated a voluntary recall Wednesday. It covers certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.
Abbott says an internal quality review detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility.
The United States Food and Drug Administration says the formula containing these beetles and their larvae poses no immediate health risk, but there is a possibility that infants who consume it could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract.
They say babies who have the symptoms more than a few days should be seen by a doctor.
The recall includes:
Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
Certain Similac powder product lines offered in sizes such as 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, 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.
The FDA says Abbott is implenting a plan to address what happened in the affected manufacturing facility. It is expected to be completed shortly.
Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.
Parents and caregivers can go to www.similac.com/recall or call Abbott's consumer hotline, (800) 986-8850, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.