Mother sues Abbott over beetles in Similac formula

By Alejandra Cancino
Posted Oct. 19, 2010 at 5:58 a.m.

An Illinois mother is requesting class-action status in a lawsuit she filed against Abbott Laboratories Inc. over the recall of millions of containers of its top-selling Similac powered infant formula, which she claims, sickened her child and thousands of other children.

Abbott recalled the products on Sept. 22, following two reports from consumers stating they had found beetles or larvae in the formula. The insects and larvae were also found during an inspection at the Sturgis plant in Michigan, where the products are made.

According to the lawsuit, Abbott knew about the insects on Sept. 16, but waited a week before recalling the products, which include Isomil and Go & Grow.

“Abbott failed to properly exert quality control measures to ensure that the infant formulas were safe for consumption, did not cause adverse health effects, and did not contain beetle parts and beetle larvae,” the lawsuit states.

The insects could irritate the gastrointestinal tract, giving babies an upset stomach, but they will not cause long-term health problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said.

“Abbott acted quickly in the best interest of children and this suit is without merit,” said Jennifer Smoter, a spokeswoman for Abbott.

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  1. Ryan Oct. 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    My 1 year old drank plenty of the stuff and didn’t have a problem before we switched over to Enfamil after the recall. The only reason to sue is if you had some kind of financial burden. Did this woman experience a financial burden because her kid got sick? Is there any long-term side effects? The only people that will get anything from this lawsuit is the lawyers.

  2. natural Oct. 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Another reason breastfeeding is best.

  3. kat Oct. 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    let me guess. Low income, welfare and wanting to make a buck.