Similac Baby Formula Recalled Over Beetle Contamination

Powdered version may have small amounts
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2010 4:16 PM CDT
Similac is voluntarily recalling its powdered baby formula.   (PRNewsFoto/ABBOTT)

(Newser) – Similac powdered baby formula may have insect parts in it and is being recalled by maker Abbott Laboratories, Bloomberg reports. The company says it found larvae and body parts of a common beetle in its product during routine quality checks at a Michigan plant and halted production. The voluntary recall could cost the company $100 million.

The liquid version of the formula isn't affected; it's only powdered Similac sold in plastic containers and in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, or 12.9-ounce cans. The FDA sees no serious health risk, but says a child who consumes contaminated formula could get a stomach ache and refuse to eat.

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