A nationwide recall of certain Similac powder infant formulas will have a big impact on Washington state. The product is the main baby formula offered to families of Washington's Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition program, also known as the WIC program.
Abbott Nutrition, Similac maker, issued the voluntary recall after finding that some of its powder formula products had been contaminated with parts of a small, common beetle. The affected products include Similac Advance in 12.4 ounce and 12.9 ounce containers; and Similac Isomil Advance Powder in 12.9 ounce containers. Only the products in the powdered form are included in the recall.
The types are among the primary infant formula products distributed by WIC. The program served over 30,000 formula-fed infants last month.
No illnesses related to the product have been reported yet in Washington.
The WIC program advises clients to check the lot number of their Similac products online to see if they're subject to the recall. If so, the products should not be fed to babies. They may also call the company's information line, 1-800-986-8850.