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Breaking News: Similac Recall

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(We just got the official recalled Similac product list from Abbott. Please pass it around to your friends with formula-drining infants.) At first it sounded like a prank: Five million containers of Similac formula recalled for...possible bug parts? But here's the official Abbott page on its Similac recall.

It says: "Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility."

Given how expensive formula is — doesn't it strike you as somehow wrong that it's often shelved behind lock and key in drug stores? — there's no need to just throw all your containers out. You can check whether a given jar is good here — if the site is holding up under the heavy traffic — or call (800) 986-8850.

Inevitable quip as I think about bug parts in a baby's bottle: Maybe the Similac slogan should be not StrongMoms but Moms With Strong Stomachs?

This program aired on September 22, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.

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