Recall: Abbott is recalling more baby food after a defect in the bottle cap

Abbott said the recall is for “less than a day” of the formula normally used in the United States and is not expected to affect overall supply.

WASHINGTON — Abbott Labs said Friday it was recall some ready-to-eat liquid baby food citing a defective bottle cap.

The recall affects certain lots of 2 fluid ounce/59 milliliter bottles of the Similac Pro-Total Comfort, Pedialyte Electrolyte Solution, Similac NeoSure and more brands. The company said less than 1% of the bottles in the recalled batches have faulty caps that may not be fully sealed, which could result in spoiled product.

“Ingesting a tainted formula product can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea,” the company said in a statement.

That the company emphasized in its announcement that the recall is “less than a day’s worth” of the total amount of infant formula used in the United States and is not expected to impact the overall infant formula supply.

The February closure of an Abbott plant in Michigan contributed to a nationwide baby formula shortage the country is still grappling with.

The products affected by this new recall were manufactured at the company’s manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ohio.

The company said these formula products are also made on a different production line that isn’t affected by the recall, so consumers should check the lot numbers on the bottom or side of the bottles to see if they’re affected by the recall.

You can visit them recall website to see the full list of lot numbers affected by the recall. The company urges consumers not to feed the recalled products to their children.

Certain batches of these brands are recalled in the US.:

  • Similac 360 all-round care
  • Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive
  • Similac special care 24
  • Similac Pro Total Comfort
  • Similac NeoSure
  • Pedialyt electrolyte solution

Abbott assured consumers that the recent recall is unrelated to the recall of Sturgis powder from their Michigan facility.

The company recalled several leading infant formula brands in February, including Similac. That squeezed inventories already burdened by supply chain disruptions and stockpiling during COVID-19 shutdowns. Abbott is one of only four companies that make 90% of the US formula.

The deficiency was worst in children with allergies, digestive problems and metabolic disorders who depend on special foods.

The facility closed in February after the Food and Drug Administration began investigating four bacterial infections in infants who consumed powdered formula from the plant. Two of the babies died. The company says its products have not been directly linked to the infections, which involved different strains of bacteria.

Abbott Labs reopened its Michigan facility in July.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Recall: Abbott is recalling more baby food after a defect in the bottle cap

Laura Coffey

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