(NEW YORK) -- Abbott Laboratories is voluntarily recalling up to 5 million containers of its popular powdered Similac infant formula after finding evidence that beetles had possibly contaminated it. The company said the recall affects all rectangular plastic tubs of powdered Similac and some 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans manufactured in one area of a plant in Sturgis, Michigan, and distributed in the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Abbott, which initiated the recall after detecting "the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle," believes the recalled lots "pose no serious health concern," spokeswoman Raquel Powers said in an interview Thursday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that "while the formula poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort" and refuse to eat. Parents should consult a doctor if symptoms persist more than a few days, the agency said.
Cans bearing lot numbers with the following combinations -- T3, RE, 9V, NT -- were unaffected, as were all liquid Similac products, Powers said. Any containers included in the recall should be returned to the company at no cost to consumers.
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