Abbott Recalls Similac Over Beetle Contamination

Up to five million containers of popular infant powder formula Similac have been voluntarily recalled by manufacturer Abbott Laboratories over fears that the milk products may be contaminated with beetle parts or larvae.

The affected products were sold in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and several Caribbean countries. The recall, which affects only the powdered form of the Similac brand, was initiated after Abbott discovered the bug in its plant in Michigan. The beetle or larvae could cause stomach and digestion problems when ingested. However, the Food and Drug Administration, in its consultation with Abbott, said that the contamination does not pose an “immediate health risk.”

Consumers can visit a Web site or call a hotline, 1-800-986-8850, to determine if the Similac products they recently bought are included in the recall. Similac sold in both plastic containers and cans are affected by the recall, which Abbott said would cost the company around $100 million.