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Why Were Five Millions Cans of Baby Formula Recalled?

A small common beetle has been the undoing of Abbott Laboratories, which issued a 5-million can recall of its Similac infant formula Thursday, September 23, 2010. Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz said that the beetle was detected in the product produced at a manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Mich.

The company said the recall affects all of its plastic rectangular tubs of powder Similac products and cans with Similac powder formula. Liquid Similac products were not affected.

Immediately following the announcement, both Abbott’s Web site and hotline were down as a result of the large volume of inquiries about the recall.

The FDA said that this type of beetle, if ingested, could cause discomfort and irritate the gastrointestinal tract, causing the infant to lose appetite.