Contaminated powdered infant formulas recalled

October 1, 2010

After a quality-assurance inspection of its manufacturing plant in Michigan revealed contamination by insect pieces and larvae, Abbott notified FDA that it was suspending production and issued a voluntary recall for about 5 million containers of certain Similac-brand powdered infant formulas.

After a quality-assurance inspection of its manufacturing plant in Michigan revealed contamination by insect pieces and larvae, Abbott notified FDA that it was suspending production and issued a voluntary recall for about 5 million containers of certain Similac-brand powdered infant formulas.

The recall includes milk- and soy-based formulas of Similac, Isomil, and Go & Grow in plastic containers and cans distributed in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and several Caribbean nations. No liquid infant formulas are affected by the recall.

FDA says that the contaminated formula poses no immediate health risk but cautions there is the possibility that infants who ingest formula containing insect parts could experience gastrointestinal discomfort and could refuse to eat.