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
Incidents/Injuries: None yet, and experts say
even if a baby does consume tainted formula, chance of illness are
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
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
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.
See more of Chicago Parent's stories here.
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