OLYMPIA, Wash. - A nationwide recall of certain Similac-brand powder infant formulas will have a big impact in our state. The product is the main baby formula offered to non-breastfed babies of Washington’s Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition program — also known as WIC.
Similac maker Abbott Nutrition issued the voluntary recall after finding that some of its powder formula products had been contaminated with parts of a small, common beetle. Products affected by the recall that are provided by Washington WIC 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. These are among the primary infant formula products distributed by Washington WIC, which served more than 30,000 formula-fed infants last month. No illnesses are known to have been caused by the product in Washington.
The WIC program advises clients to check the lot number of their Similac products (www.similac.com/recall) 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.