State Program Responds to Baby Formula Recall

The company’s website and phone number have been jammed with high volume and may not respond right away. Caregivers who aren’t sure if the Similac product they have is part of the recall should not give it to infants until they’re able to verify that it’s not. If parents confirm that they have formula with lot numbers that match those that may be tainted, they should not give it to their children, and should check the WIC website as the situation develops.

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the formula containing this beetle poses no immediate serious health risk. But FDA says babies who consume the beetle parts may have gastrointestinal discomfort, which could discourage them from wanting to eat. Parents should take their babies to a health care provider to be checked if the symptoms continue.

Washington WIC (www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/WIC/default.htm) is a public health program that improves health in lower income families. The program reaches about half of all babies born in the state. More than 85 percent of WIC infants start off breastfeeding. Washington WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding services, healthy foods, and referrals to other important preventive health services.