Abbott is voluntarily recalling many of its Similac ready-to-feed liquid formula baby products due to a bottle defect.
The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall on Friday, saying some batches of Abbott’s liquid baby products have been withdrawn because less than 1 percent of the bottles “may not have been sealed completely,” which “could deteriorate.”
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.
When consumed, individuals may experience “gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting”.
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Several lot numbers for the affected products have been withdrawn and manufactured at the company’s facility in Columbus, Ohio.
The FDA says the recall is not expected to affect the “overall supply of infant formula in the United States,” and said the withdrawn products were primarily distributed to hospitals and some medical practices, distributors and retailers in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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Production of Similac 2 fl oz / 59 milliliters of ready-to-feed liquid formula products administered to hospitals and other healthcare professionals will continue on a different production line, according to the announcement.
The recall does not include any other powder or liquid formula brands manufactured at the Columbus facility or elsewhere.
Abbott’s executive vice president of nutrition products Joe Manning said the company is addressing the problem and minimizing inconvenience to customers.
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“We take our responsibility to provide high quality products very seriously,” said Manning. “We have identified the problem internally, are addressing it and will work with our customers to minimize inconvenience and provide them with the products they need.”