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Bugs Prompt Baby Formula Recall

Abbott Labs says it discovered bugs before consumers complained



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    Many baby bottles and sippy cups contain BPA, a chemical additive that's become a growing health concern.

    A creepy crawly discovery in popular baby formula has forced it off store shelves.

    Abbott Laboratories, the North Chicago based drug maker, will recall almost five million containers of its Similac powdered infant formulas because beetles and larvae were found in the products its Sturgis, Michigan production plant.

    Similac in liquid forms is not a part of the recall.

    Powdered Similac in plastic containers and in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans are affected.

    "When we identified this, we did extensive testing of every product on the (factory) line, and more than 99.8 percent of the product was negative" for beetle contamination," Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz said.

    The Food and Drug Administration insisted the formula won't cause any immediate health dangers. However, drinking contaminated formula could produce stomach discomfort. 

    In a statement, Holger Liepmann, executive vice president of Abbott's global nutrition business, stressed the company knows parents want to give their children the best foods.

    "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," Liepmann said.

    Visit similac.com/recall or call 800-986-8850 for more information.