Posted: Sep 24, 2010 4:47 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Sep 24, 2010 6:36 PM
Thousands of parents around the nation are concerned about a recall of Similac infant powder formula after authorities said five million cans are being pulled from store shelves.
Worried parents are now calling their doctors about the dangers of the bug-tainted formula.
"These beetles do not cause any problems, so there are no immediate health risks," said pediatrician Amanda Talbot.
The insects are common warehouse beetles and were found in a product at a Michigan plant last week. As a precaution, Abbott Laboratories voluntarily recalled 12 different kinds of the powdered formula.
"If babies do have some issues, it may be short term. Belly discomfort may be the only thing that they have," said Talbot.
Another common side effect is loss of appetite. Recalled products include certain lots of Similac Advance LCP with iron powder, Go and Grow Milk Powder Formula and Isomil Advance Powder.
"If they have any concerns that last for longer than a day or so, they should probably call their pediatricians and check," said Talbot.
Parents who can't get in touch with the company are even making their concerns known on Facebook. The most common complaints are about losing money.
The good news, however, is if you've bought some of the recalled products, you can return them to the store you bought them from and get a full refund. You can also return recalled products to Abbott Industries but should expect to wait four to six weeks to get your money back.
Abbott Laboratories has stopped production and shipment of the formula and is fumigating the plant.
The lot numbers can be found on the bottom of the cans. The recall does not affect any liquid formulas. For a full list, click here.