On Wednesday, Abbott Nutrition International issued a public warning alerting the customers from buying the cans of infant’s powder formula of the Similac brand. The warning came as the Abbott Laboratories detected that there might be a beetle in the product, which according to the spokesperson of Abbott, Melissa Brotz, is ‘small’ and ‘common’.
It has been reported by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that this small common beetle might cause discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract, in case ingested. This would lead to the loss of appetite.
As a result, 5 million cans of the powdered infant formula are currently contaminated. The suspected cans were produced at the company’s plant in Sturgis, Michigan. The liquid formula has not been affected, as said by Abbott.
The warning was not initiated by the FDA but by Abbott, saying the recall was voluntary because for Abbott there is nothing important than maintaining the customers’ trust by giving them nothing less than best quality. Abbott stopped the shipments and the orders of the powder products and reported that China was not among the countries which might have received the contaminated products.
“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”, said the Vice-President of Abbott.