Parents bug out over Similac recall 2010

Photo of some Similac baby formula.

Similac baby formula may have bugs in it. CC by The Consumerist/Flickr

The expression “breast is best” when it comes to infant nutrition is extremely accurate. Sadly, the fast-paced world in which many American families live make breastfeeding an afterthought. The alternate food source of choice is of course infant formula, which has spawned a titanic industry. This is why news such as that of the Similac recall 2010 is as disturbing as it is.’s pediatrics consultant indicates that Similac’s parent company Abbott Laboratories has also been slow to respond with the details frightened parents need.

Find out about the Similac recall lot numbers

The following Similac recall lots (powdered formula, not liquid) are suspected to be tainted by either small insect parts or beetle larvae:

• Similac Advance – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb

• Similac Advance EarlyShield – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb • Similac Sensitive – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb

• Similac Isomil Advance – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb • Similac Sensitive Isomil Soy – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb

• Similac Organic – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb

• Similac Organic and Similac Advance Organic – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb

• Similac Sensitive R.S. – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb • Similac Sensitive for Spit-Up – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb

• Similac Go & Grow – 1.38-lb

• Similac Go & Grow EarlyShield – 1.38-lb • Similac Go & Grow Soy – 1.38-lb

• 8-ounce samples of any of the above distributed at a doctor’s office

Intestinal pain, diarrhea and appetite suppression have been reported in infants who consumed the beetle-infected Similac baby formula, according to various reports. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Abbott Laboratories is advising concerned parents to return the tainted Similac formula directly to the factory, a process that will incur no cost for the consumer. Reimbursement for postage and product should arrive in four to six weeks, according to reports.

For additional info on the Similac recall 2010, a code system has been instituted. On the bottom of the container, find an eight-digit product code that consists of a combination of numbers or letters. That code can be entered at for more specific recall matching information. Other questions can be answered by Abbott Laboratories’ 24-hour help line at 800-986-8850.

‘Not an immediate health concern’

Abbott Laboratories and the Food and Drug Administration have stressed in the media that tainted formula involved in the Similac recall 2010 poses “no immediate health concerns to infants,” yet it remains to be seen whether such assurances will have currency with concerned parents. According to news website, around 5 million cans of Similac-brand infant formula may be filled with bug parts. These cans were delivered to the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and various Caribbean nations.


Christian Science Monitor


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