According to newsinferno.com, Abbott, the manufacturer for Similac Brand Powder Infant Formulas, has issued a recall for certain formulas. During an internal quality review, the presence of a small common beetle was detected in one production area in one manufacturing facility. According to the FDA, the formulas that contain the beetles poses no immediate health risk, but there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing beetles or their larvae could experience symptoms of gastro intestinal discomfort and refuse to eat due to the irritation. The recall includes certain Similac product lines offered in plastic containers, 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, and 12.9-ounce cans. Consumers can visit www.similac.com/recall or call (800) 986-8850 to find out if they have purchased a product involved in the recall. The good news is that all Abbott liquid infant formulas and all powder specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care Alimentum, Elecare, Similac Expert Care Seosure, Similac Human Milk Fortifies, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders, are not affected by the recall,
Abbott has consulted with the FDA regarding the recall and is implementing a plan to address the matter at the affected manufacturing facility. No other facilities are involved in the recall. Recalled products can be returned at no cost to the consumer. The website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process. According yahoonews.com, Abbott expects to recall $100 million in connection with the recall. Over the past few decades, infant formula has become a popular method for feeding infants, but there is debate over how healthier it is over human milk. Here at the Brod Law Firm, we believe all families with infants should be aware of ten facts related to infant formula, as stated in yahoonews.com:
1. The linings of formula cans contain bisphenol-A 2. Feeding an infant formula can increase the child’s risk of developing food allergies and inflammatory bowel disease.
3. It is impossible to produce sterile powdered infant formula.
4. Baby formula may be contaminated with the harmful bacteria enterobacter sakazakii and salmonella enteric.
5. Formula feeding increases a child’s risk of childhood obesity and of developing diabetes.
6. Soy based formulas contain plant estrogens which can cause a variety of reproductive issues.
7. The FDA does not test infant formulas prior to their marketing and sale.
8. Infant formulas often contain perchlorate, the base chemical in solid rocket fuels.
9. FDA testing has revealed that some baby formulas also contain the chemicals melamine and cyanuric acid.
10. Many brands of formula contain ingredients which are generally acknowledged to contain or produce monosodium glutamate, or MSG.
If you purchased formula–or any another product–that caused injuries to you or a loved one, please call our product liability attorney.