A mother breastfeeding her infant child.
Remember this, America? Or do you prefer to feed your infants larvae-tainted powered formula? (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Nabeel Hyatt/Flickr)

Breastfeeding is the optimal means for a mother to deliver nutrition to her infant child. However, due to the ultra-modern, career-driven, chemical additive-laden world, not all women are able to bond with their infant children in this way. Thus, formula feeding has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. This is why news such as that of the Similac recall 2010 is as disturbing as it is. According to About.com’s Pediatrics page, the problem has been compounded by a lack of clear and timely information from pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott Laboratories regarding the specific Similac recall lot numbers.

Similac recall lot numbers parents must know

The following Similac recall lots (powdered formula, not liquid) are suspected to be tainted by either small insect parts of beetle larvae:

• Similac Advance – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Advance EarlyShield – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Sensitive – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Isomil Advance – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Sensitive Isomil Soy – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Organic – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Organic and Similac Advance Organic – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Sensitive R.S. – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Sensitive for Spit-Up – 1.45-lb and 2.12-lb
• Similac Go & Grow – 1.38-lb
• Similac Go & Grow EarlyShield – 1.38-lb
• Similac Go & Grow Soy – 1.38-lb
• 8-ounce samples of any of the above distributed at a doctor’s office

At this time, known infant symptoms resulting from the consumption of suspect Similac formula include intestinal discomfort, diarrhea and an increasing lack of desire to eat. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Abbott Laboratories is asking consumers to return the Similac formula directly to the company at no cost, rather than to the store where the formula was purchased. Sources indicate consumers should expect to receive reimbursement within four to six weeks.

For additional clarification on whether the Similac recall 2010 applies to powdered formula in your possession, there is now a verification system. On the bottom of the container, find an eight-digit product code that consists of a combination of numbers or letters. Then go to www.similac.com/recall to see if the Similac formula in question is on the recall list. Additional information is available at Abbott Laboratories’ 24-hour telephone hotline at 800-986-8850.

‘Not an immediate health concern’

Abbott Laboratories and the Food and Drug Administration have stressed in the media that tainted formula involved in the Similac recall 2010 pose “no immediate health concern to infants,” yet it remains to be seen whether such assurances will have currency with concerned parents. According to WWNN.co.uk, nearly five million Similac-brand infant formula products sold in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries are subject to the baby formula recall.

Sources:

About.com http://pediatrics.about.com/b/2010/09/22/similac-formula-recall.htm
Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2010/0923/Formula-recall-What-to-do-if-Similac-is-on-your-shelf
Wwnn.co.uk http://wwnn.co.uk/abbott-laboratories-similac-recall/3073/

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