Abbott is voluntarily recalling several Similac ready-to-feed liquid baby formula products due to a bottle defect.
The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall on Friday, stating that certain lots of Abbott’s liquid baby formula products are being recalled because less than 1% of the bottles “may not have been fully sealed,”[ads1]; which “could lead to spoilage.”
According to the FDA, the affected products are: Similac® Pro-Total ComfortTM, Similac® 360 Total Care®, Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive, Similac® Special Care® 24, Similac Stage 1, Similac® NeoSure®, Similac Water (sterilized) and Pedialyte Electrolyte Solution.
If consumed, individuals may experience “gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.”
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Several lot numbers for the affected products are being recalled, and were manufactured at the company’s facility in Columbus, Ohio.
The FDA says the recall is not expected to affect the “aggregate supply of infant formula in the United States,” and said the recalled products were distributed primarily to hospitals and some doctors’ offices, distributors and retailers in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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Production of Similac 2 fluid ounce/59 milliliter Ready-to-Feed liquid formula products provided to hospitals and other healthcare providers will continue on a different production line, according to the announcement.
The recall does not include other powder or liquid formula brands manufactured at the Columbus facility or elsewhere.
Abbott’s executive vice president of nutritional products, Joe Manning, said the company is addressing the issue and minimizing any inconvenience to customers.
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“We take our responsibility to deliver high-quality products very seriously,” Manning said. “We have identified the issue internally, are addressing it and will work with our customers to minimize the inconvenience and get them the products they need.”