Abbott Nutrition Announces Recall of Certain Similac Formulas
Abbott Nutrition, the formula manufacturer at the center of this year’s formula shortage, has issued a voluntary recall of its 2-fluid-ounce Ready-to-Feed liquid products. The recall comes after Abbott discovered a small percentage of the bottles (less than 1 percent) had caps that may not have sealed completely, resulting in spoilage. The spoiled product, if consumed, could lead to diarrhea and vomiting.
Manufactured at the company’s Columbus, Ohio facility, the liquid Similac products and Pedialyte electrolyte formulas were mainly distributed to hospitals and doctors’ offices, but some retailers received the product as well.
Abbott asserts that the recall doesn’t affect any powder formulas and is small in scale.“This recall equates to less than one day’s worth of the total number of ounces of infant formula fed in the US and is not expected to impact the overall US infant formula supply,” Abbott confirmed in a press statement.
This October recall comes months after popular powdered formulas like Elecare and Similac were recalled following consumer complaints that several babies who had consumed Abbott formula had become sick.
As a result of the recall and FDA investigation, Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis plant was shut down, crippling formula production and igniting a nationwide formula shortage. Formula availability has only recently returned to normal thanks to government efforts and the Sturgis plant restart.
Parents can check to see if their products may have been recalled by visiting SimilacRecall.com. If you believe you have a recalled product, Abbott encourages caregivers to stop using the product immediately and dispose of it.