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Similac Recall 2010: How to Keep Your Kids Safe (Lot Numbers)

Similac recalled baby formula.
Similac recalled baby formula. (FDA/Abbott) FDA/Abbott

(CBS) In the wake of the recall of certain Similac-brand baby formulas, parents are frantically searching for details and specific lot numbers to make sure their kids are safe.

Abbott, the manufacturer, said they feared the "remote possibility" that some product may have beetles or their larvae.

"While the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, 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," the company said in a press release. "If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted."

As of Thursday morning, Abbott's recall website was unresponsive, making it difficult for parents to figure out if they purchased recalled formula. Abbott public relations rep Melissa Brotz told CBS News that the company had expanded phone lines at their hotline to help.

Parents can call (800) 986-8850 for information.

UPDATE Sept 23, 2010 5:07 P.M:

Abbott has now provided CBS News with a complete and final list of recalled products.

You can read the PDF here.

The lot number should be located on the bottom of your product. Click here for a bigger picture.

What's Not Recalled

  • Similac powder formula in cans with the following letter and/or number combination in the middle of the lot number - T3 or RE or 9V or NT - are NOT being recalled.
  • All Similac liquid formulas are NOT part of the recall.
  • Powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert CareTM AlimentumÃ??Ã?®, ElecareÃ??Ã?®, Similac Expert CareTM NeosureÃ??Ã?®, SimilacÃ??Ã?® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas (for inherited disorders) are NOT part of the recall.

What to Do

Abbott urges parents to send recalled products back to them at no cost. You need to call the hotline at (800) 986-8850 (24/7) or try the website at to complete the process. Here's the full press release from the FDA's website.


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