The week's news in product safety...
Hazard: Some Similac baby formulas may contain the presence of a common beetle or its larvae. The insect contamination was found at a processing plant in Michigan.
Incidents/Injuries: None yet, and experts say even if a baby does consume tainted formula, chance of illness are slim.
Description: Abbot, the North Chicago-based health products giant, discovered the possible presence of a small beetle at one of its manufacturing facilities. The affected formulas include non-specialty powder formulas found in plastic containers and 8 to 12.9 ounce cans. No liquid formulas or specialty powder formulas, including Similac Expert Care Neosure and Similar Human Milk Fortifier, are affected.
Where you bought them: Retailers in Chicago where Similac baby formula is sold.
What to do: Enter the lot numbers, which can be found on the bottom of your formula container, at similac.com/recall/lookup to find out if it is part of the recall. Formula should be returned to Abbott, free of charge, and instructions are on the Web site.
Hazard: The jewelry contains high levels of lead, which can be toxic if ingested.
Incidents/Injuries: None yet.
Description: The recall pertains to the "Love Tester" 18-inch necklace and adjustable mood ring. They come in small, red circular packaging and are sold separately. About 19,000 necklaces and 4,000 rings are being recalled.
Where you bought it: Small retail stores nationwide from September 2005 through June 2010, for about $4.
What to do: Return the item to the store where you purchased it, and for more information, contact D&D Distributing-Wholesale at (800) 262-9435.
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