Breaking News: Similac Recall

(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.

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



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