How About a Few Bugs With Your Baby Formula?

September 23, 2010

(ChattahBox Health News)— Yes, what we really need are fewer regulations, because corporations more concerned with making a profit can be trusted to safeguard our nation’s health, safety and welfare. On the heels of the recall of a half-billion salmonella infected eggs, comes a recall of tainted baby formula containing bugs. After consumers found beetles in their infant formula, Abbott Laboratories Inc., is recalling millions of containers of powdered Similac brand baby formula. Beetle bugs and larvae were also found at the Michigan plant.

Abbott notes the FDA has determined beetle bugs don’t pose a health risk, but fussy babies might object to swallowing a few bugs with their formula.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration 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.”

Imagine that.

Abbott’s liquid infant formula is apparently bug-free.

The affected products, include “powdered Similac in plastic containers, and in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.”


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