When we’re not bickering about companies that empower the formula industry, some of us are actually paying attention to recalls that affect children.
Like this one.
Abbott Industries just announced a voluntary recall of its Similac products. According to the recall information page, there is a tiny possibility that a “small common beetle” made its way to a part of the production line in one manufacturing facility.
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.
Gag. There’s also a possibility that reading that description will upset your stomach, too.
So what do you do? Check the lot identification number at the bottom of your formula container. It will likely be a combination of numbers and letters. Once you have that number, call (800) 986-8850 to see if yours is part of the affected lot.
What else can you do? Do your best to breastfeed exclusively, or restart breastfeeding if you must. I know it can be hard, believe me. Coming from a past formula supplementer turned extended breastfeeder: It’s worth it. As one friend said,
Human milk does not contain beetles.
Image via The Christian Science Monitor.