Bug contamination sparks baby formula recall
Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that could be contaminated with insect parts.
The voluntary action affects up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas sold in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries. The company said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomachache and digestion problems.
The recall does not affect any liquid formulas or other Abbott-brand products.
Company spokeswoman Melissa Brotz said Abbott discovered the insects last week in one section of a Michigan manufacturing plant. Abbott manufactures Similac at several U.S. sites.
Brotz said the company has been consulting with the Food and Drug Administration, which determined there was no "immediate health risk" from the contamination.
The affected products were sold in plastic containers and in cans of various sizes, including 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce. The company has set up a Web site, http:/
Abbott expects to lose $100 million in connection with the recall.
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