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Similac Recall: More information on what products are affected

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Concerned parents wanting more information about recalled baby formula flooded the maker's phone lines and Web site Thursday. The makers of Similac baby formula recalled $5 million cans of their powdered variety. The product could be contaminated with parts of beetles.

Local retailers have already pulled the affected products off shelves and it has kept local pediatricians busy.


The phone wouldn't stop ringing at Covenant pediatrician Dr. Vanessa Dalton's practice. "The first thing we say is stop using it if you have the affected formula," said Dr. Dalton about what she is telling patients.


Some of her youngest patient's concerned parents that there are no serious risks if their baby has consumed the recalled formula. "The FDA is saying no harm is going to come to your child."


Dr. Dalton said the affected formula could cause upset stomachs and may make your baby fussier.


Abbott Laboratories voluntary recall affects up to five million cans and containers of Similac powder formulas. Customers went online to check their purchases against the recall list, so many, that it jammed the site and tied up the company's telephone lines.

Retailers across the South Plains followed the voluntary recall. "If the company says take it off we want to do it immediately," said Eddie Owens with United Supermarkets. If you have any of the recalled products, you can take them back to where you bought them. If you are on WIC, and got your formula at any United locations you can take it back and exchange it for a different formula.

Not all Similac products are part of the recall. If you think you have some of the recalled products, turn your can or container upside down and look for the lot number. Take that number and compare it to the list of affected products provided by the company.

  • The formula involved is the powdered version (not the liquid Simulac).
  • If you have powdered Similac in a rectangular plastic tub, it's probably involved in the recall.
  • If you have powdered Similac in cans, it depends on the lot numbers.
  • Once you determine that your Similac is part of the recall, you can take the product back to the store you bought it from for a full refund. Or the company can send a prepaid Fed-Ex box for you to return the product. It will refund you directly.
  • The possibility of contamination, which the Food and Drug Administration says could cause internal discomfort for infants, is apparently small. Abbott says its internal testing revealed a problem in only 0.2 percent of the product it tested. or (800) 986-8850.

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