The Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of powdered infant formulas made by Abbott at its Sturgis, Michigan, plant. Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas. Abbott has voluntarily recalled these products after four consumer complaints about the formulas.
To check whether the infant formula in your home is included in the recall, look on the bottom of the container. If the multi-digit number starts with the first two digits 22 through 37, contains K8, SH or Z2 and has an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or after, it is under recall. To find out if the product you have is included in the recall, visit Product Lookup (similacrecall.com) and type in the code on the bottom of the package, or call 1-800-986-8540 (U.S.) and follow the instructions provided. If you have questions about feeding your child, contact your healthcare professional.
Some questions about the recall will be answered here: FAQ (similacrecall.com)
For infants on the WIC program
If your baby received Similac formula as part of the WIC program and that formula has been recalled, you can call Abbott directly at 1-800-986-8540, check with the store where you purchased the recalled formula to see whether they are able to replace your formula with the same product, a substitute product, store credit, or a cash refund. If the store does not have replacement formula in stock, please call Malheur County WIC at 541-889-7279 to explore options.
If the formula you have is not affected by the recall, it is safe to use.
If you have unused benefits and need to purchase formula:
- Check the lot number to ensure you are not purchasing formula that is part of the recall.
- If you cannot find formula that is not affected by the recall, please call Malheur County WIC to explore options.
- If you are unable to reach Malheur County WIC, please call 971-673-0040, and the Oregon WIC staff will do their best to respond to your questions.