(ThePatriotWire)- Last Friday, Abbott announced a relatively small recall of some liquid formula products for infants and children because the bottles may have defective caps that do not seal completely, which could possibly lead to spoilage.
In its statement, Abbott, the largest formula manufacturer in the US, said the recalled products “equates to less than one day’s worth of the total number of ounces” in formula fed to infants in the US and “is not expected to impact the overall” supply.
The recall is for certain lots of 2 fluid-ounce bottles of Ready-to-Feed liquid formula for infants and children. The improperly sealed caps could lead to spoilage, possibly causing diarrhea and vomiting if consumed.
The recall is limited to products made at Abbott’s plant in Columbus, Ohio, and includes the brands 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.
The recalled products were distributed primarily to hospitals, doctors’ offices, and retailers in the US and Puerto Rico. One lot was exported to Barbados, Bermuda, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Croix, and St. Thomas. Two other lots were sent to Canada, Curacao, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Customers who might have purchased some of the recalled liquid formula have been advised not to use it. Instead, they should visit similacrecall.com to view the list of affected lot numbers or use the lot number checker on the website.
Lot numbers are located at the bottom of the bottle and on the label beneath the expiration date.
Meanwhile, Abbott continues to produce Similac products for distribution to hospitals and other healthcare providers on a different production line. Customers can still purchase the liquid infant formula at retail stores in different product sizes.