CHICAGO, IL – Families across the country are scattering grocery stories and pharmacies in hopes of finding formula for their children.
In February, the FDA issued a recall on Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare forumla which are all manufactured by Abbott Nutrition.
Pre-pandemic supply chain issues were already causing problems before the recall. Stores are now forced to put purchasing limits on the supplies they do have.
“This isn’t just some minor product that people don’t need. This is food for our children, our babies need this,” one mom told WISN 12 News.
An Abbott Laboratories spokesperson mentioned the companies doing everything they can to address the supply shortage and actions are being taken including increasing the production of Similac formulas at other FDA-registered facilities, prioritizing the production of other Abbott liquod products to Similac and Alimentium to make more ready-to-feed liquid formula available, amongst other actions.
How to check if your formula was part of the recall
If your product is part of the recall, it will meet all three criteria below:
- The first two digits of the lot number start with 22 through 37. This doesn’t include the letter at the start of the lot number.
- The lot number contains one of the following: K8, SH, Z2.
- The expiration date is April 1, 2022 or later.
The FDA has a list of recalled products on their website that you can visit here.
Should I throw away recalled formula?
Do not throw away any formula you may have. You should check if you have a Similac product that’s included in the call. If it’s not included in the recall, your product is safe to use.
If your specific product is listed in the recall, do not use it. You should not throw this out because you’ll need it to receive a refund.