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— “We need to let all our families know about this recall and what to do,” said Dr. Jane Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.  The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide information to Hispanic consumers about a nationwide recall of certain Similac powdered infant formula offered in plastic containers and Similac powder infant formula offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.  The cause of this recall was the identification of a common warehouse beetle in the finished product at their Sturgis, Michigan plant. To find out if the product you have is included in this recall, please visit www.similac.com/recall, and type in the lot number of the product to determine if the product is affected, or call (800) 986-8850 Abbott’s 24 hour helpline. Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.

No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.

FDA has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.

“Our health promotion advisors at 1-866-783-2645 (1-866-Su-Familia) are prepared to answer consumer questions and provide information in both Spanish and English and are available from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information on Hispanic health, visit www.hispanichealth.org or call the Alliance’s Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 866-783-2645.

SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health