Abbott Laboratories announced a Similac baby formula recall after reports came in of beetles being found in the product and in an area of the plant in Michigan. Millions of containers of the baby formula are involved in the recall. Abbott claims that 99.8% of the baby formula tested was negative for beetle contamination.
No Abbott liquid infant formulas are involved in this recall. Specifically, Abbott 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.
This recall is going to get a lot of attention for two reasons. First, the idea of contaminated baby formula is going to raise the ire of the American public. We all want to think that companies are doing everything imaginable to keep products designed for our children safe. Second, the idea of drinking bugs impacts you on a visceral level. I’ll bet we have all inadvertently and unknowingly eaten more than our share of bugs over the course of our lives. But knowing that it actually happened by a company charged with making these products clean and safe is going to sit poorly with people.
Abbott is making things worse by not have systems in place to deal with the problem. CNN reports that concerned parents have run into called the help line and the website and neither are working properly (a problem reported that has been fixed).
Since first putting up this post this morning, our law firm has received numerous inquiries from parents whose children have taken this recalled Similac baby formula. I do not think this incident, however regrettable, will lead to viable lawsuits and our law firm will not be handling these cases.
You can find the details of the recall here.