Swansea Pediatrics


September 22, 2010

Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Certain Similac® Brand Powder Infant Formulas That Did Not Meet Its Quality Standards

Consumer Hotline
(800) 986-8850

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Sept. 22, 2010 - ABBOTT PARK, Ill. - Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.

Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.

The recall of these powder infant formulas includes:

  • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
  • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.
Example products

To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit www.similac.com/recall9, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected, or call (800) 986-8850.

No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. 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.

About the Recall

  • The company is implementing a plan to address this matter in the affected manufacturing facility, which is expected to be completed shortly. No other facilities or products are involved in this recall.
  • Abbott has consulted with the U.S. FDA regarding this recall.

Information for Parents and Caregivers

  • Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.
  • Parents and caregivers can go to www.similac.com/recall10 or call Abbott's consumer hotline, (800) 986-8850, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.

Holger Liepmann, executive vice president, Abbott Nutrition said:

"Abbott understands that parents expect to feed their children only the highest quality product. We are taking this action so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known. We regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers."

May 2nd, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday, May 1st, that there has been a recall of Johnson & Johnson’s brand of the children’s over-the-counter medications listed below./>
Consumers are instructed to stop using certain lots of infants’ and children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl products because some of them may contain more of the active ingredient than specified. The potential for serious medical problems is remote, according to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, but they should not be given to children.

Please go to McNeilproductrecall.com to find out which lots are recalled and check these numbers against the lot number on your bottle. There is also a hotline (888) 222-6036 available 8AM to 10PM Monday through Friday and on weekends from 9AM to 5PM, although this line is very busy and may not get you to a customer service representative.

November 29th, 2009

The largest recall in US history has just happened. 1.2 million cribs made by Stork Craft and distributed through BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sears, Wal-Mart, Target and Costco have been recalled. 150,000 bear a Fisher-Price label. Additional information can be found on the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and Stork Craft web sites and the Stork Craft Blog. Please make sure your baby’s crib is not one of these as the problem is with the drop side which can detach, leaving a space where the baby can become pinned. The recall is only for cribs with the drop-side.


Even if your child’s crib isn’t affected by the recall, please abide by the following crib safety tips:
  • Put the baby on his/her back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress in a crib complying with current safety standards.
  • Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, stuffed toys and other soft products from the crib.
  • Consider using a blanket sleeper instead of blankets, with no other covering.
  • If using a blanket, put your baby with his/her feet at the foot of the crib and then use only a thin blanket.
  • Make sure your baby’s head remains uncovered during sleep.
  • Never place your baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow, or other soft surface to sleep.