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Since my munchkin boys are way past the age of bottles and formulas (sigh,) I completely missed the news not too long ago about Similac formula being recalled. Yikes-- how un-nerving to find out about it now though! In case you missed this news as well, it seems that in Sept. 2010, manufacturer of Similac infant formula, Abbott, voluntarily recalled certain Similac-brand powder infant formulas in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean. A quality review detected the possibility of a bugs (small common beetles) in the infant formula produced at one of Abbott's manufacturing facilities.
The FDA stresses that there is no immediate health risk but infants could consume the beetles or larvae which could cause gastrointestinal problems. No liquid formulas were involved in this recall, only certain of their powder based products.
While I mainly breast-fed my kids when they were babies, I did occasionally supplement with a bottle of formula, and because I would be so nervous, I always insisted to my hubby that we buy the name-brand formula (and usually a very expensive one too.) I just had that mental notion that more expensive automatically meant better and safer.
Unfortunately, I did not know back then that all formula marketed in the U.S. must meet the same nutrient specifications,that were set by the FDA in 1980. While reading about the recent Similac recall, I also learned that The new 10th Edition of the Consumer Reports Best Baby Products has written that they see no need for parents to choose expensive national brand infant formulas over their much more reasonable store brand counterparts sold at retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, CVS, Kroger, Walgreens, and Babies R Us.
Considering that store brand formula, unlike their name brand counterparts, are not heavily marketed or advertised and are not given away to hospitals for free, it is easier to understand why these formulas will cost less at markets. I have read that as much as $600 can be saved by new parents annually according to some estimates.
To find out more about the Similac recall and if any products you may have in your home are affected, you can call (888) 376-2054. The return process will be explained.