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Similac Recall

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Similac has voluntary recalled hundreds of thousands of bottles of ready to feed infant formula because they may not have enough Vitamin C.
The recall is for approximately 100,000 32-ounce plastic bottles of Similac Alimentum Advance liquid formula and approximately 200,000 bottles of Similac Advance with Iron. Some hospital discharge kits are affected as well.
The problem seems to be that the bottles are missing a special layer that keeps air out. When the oxygen enters the bottle, it causes the level of vitamin C to decrease over time.
Abbott, the maker of Similac, says there have been no serious medical complaints. But the concern is that if infants drink formula without enough vitamin C for two to four weeks, they could show symptoms of vitamin C deficiency such as irritability with generalized tenderness.
Here is a news story from The New York Times.
You can find the company press release on the Similac website. Look for it at the bottom of the home page. There is a short sentence which says click here for information on the voluntary recall.



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For Immediate Release
Contact:
Media
Tracey Noe
(847) 936-9751 (office)
(847) 744-0774 (cellular)
Kelly Morrison
(847) 937-3802
Financial Community
Larry Peepo
(847) 935-6722
ABBOTT VOLUNTARILY ISSUES A NATIONWIDE RECALL FOR ONE LOT OF ALIMENTUM, TWO LOTS OF SIMILAC ADVANCE LIQUID INFANT FORMULA READY-TO-FEED 32-OUNCE PLASTIC BOTTLES AND ONE LOT OF HOSPITAL DISCHARGE KITS
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 15, 2006 ─ As part of its commitment to ensure the highest quality nutrition products, Abbott’s Ross Products Division today announced that it is voluntarily recalling the following lots of liquid ready-to-feed infant formula in 32-ounce plastic bottles:
One lot of Similac Alimentum Advance liquid ready-to-feed infant formula (Stock Code #57512, Lot #401895V, use-by 1 May 2007 – printed on the back of the bottle)
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Two lots of Similac Advance with Iron liquid ready-to-feed infant formula (Stock Code #55961, Lots #40177RH and #40172RH, use-by 1 November 2007 – printed on the back of the bottle)
Additionally, one lot of Similac Advance Hospital Discharge Kits may have included some of the affected 32-ounce plastic bottles. The lot number for these discharge kits (Stock Code #58986, Lot #41699D5) can be found on the back of the bear tag attached to the kit.
ABBOTT VOLUNTARILY ISSUES A NATIONWIDE RECALL FOR
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Additionally, one lot of Similac Advance Hospital Discharge Kits may have included some of the affected 32-ounce plastic bottles. The lot number for these discharge kits (Stock Code #58986, Lot #41699D5) can be found on the back of the bear tag attached to the kit.
Abbott is voluntarily initiating this recall because some bottles from these lots may not contain as much vitamin C as indicated on the label. Abbott discovered this problem as a result of consumer complaints for an unusually dark formula color. This problem is due to an isolated bottle defect, which has been corrected by the third-party supplier of the bottles.
No serious medical complaints have been reported.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. Vitamin C deficiency symptoms could appear in infants if dietary intake is inadequate for more than two to four weeks. Symptoms of early vitamin C deficiency include increased irritability with generalized tenderness. It is highly unlikely that an infant will be fed affected bottles of the recalled formula exclusively for a long enough period of time to cause vitamin C deficiency symptoms. However, if parents or caregivers have any questions about their baby’s health, they should contact their healthcare provider.
No other liquid or powder infant formula products are involved with this recall.
These infant formula lots were distributed between May 18, 2006, and September 5, 2006, in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. If consumers have purchased any of the specific lots mentioned above at retail or received them from hospitals or doctor’s offices, they should contact Abbott’s Ross Products Division at 1-800-624-3412. Abbott will replace product from these lots free of charge.
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