Abbott recalling some infant formula

by Keith Nunes
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ABBOTT PARK, ILL. — Abbott Laboratories is recalling approximately 5 million containers of infant formula sold under the Similac brand. The company initiated the recall after an internal audit found the products may be contaminated with insect pieces or larvae. The product was manufactured at a single production facility and sold in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Caribbean.

The company said that while the Food and Drug Administration has determined that the formula containing the insect parts poses no immediate health risk there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the material may experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refuse to eat as a result of the material irritating the G.I. tract.

“Abbott understands that parents expect to feed their children only the highest quality product,” said Holger Liepmann, executive vice-president. “We are taking this action so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known. We regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers.”

In a statement, Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the F.D.A., said the agency had not received any consumer reports of illness associated with the recalled formula.
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