Abbot Laboratories, the makers of Similac infant Formula, have announced a voluntary recall of about 5 million containers of their powder formula. The reason? Brace yourself.
You know how people always make those dumb cracks about kids who eat bugs getting extra protein?
Pieces of beetles and beetle larvae were found both in the formula and in the plant that produces the formula. Ewwwww.
According the the FDA, there should be "no immediate health risk" to babies who have consumed this formula, but could experience symptoms of "gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract."
It is hard enough to have a kid these days, what with all of the gear that seems to automatically come with them. Add to that they stress of a constant flow of product recalls, and a well-meaning parent could really lose her mind!
Have the safety regulations that were in place when your first child was born completely changed now that you're about to have #2?
For once, a large conglomerate seems to have the consumers' back.
According to NBC, The Iowa company which is responsible for the massive egg recall has announced that they will be pasteurizing them, turning them into 'liquid eggs' and using them in a variety of products.
The FDA insists that this is perfectly safe, and I assume that it is…if the companies in question actually do a thorough job pasteurizing them.
The McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of Johnson & Johnson (scary how much conglomerates like Johnson & Johnson own–isn't it?!) just announced that they will be laying off about 300 employees at their Fort Washington, Pennsylvania factory as a result of all of the quality overhaul that is taking place.
I'm assuming that this is supposed to make customers feel better…but it doesn't really make me feel better–does it work for you? Now, on top of being worried about the quality of children's products, I also feel terrible about all those people who now have no jobs. How many of them are actually high up enough on the totem pole of Johnson & Johnson to suffer for this fiasco?
If you've been wondering when infants' and children's liquid Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec would reappear on drugstore shelves, the answer is no time soon.
Today, I received a letter from McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Ironically addressed to Mrs. Bernstein, despite the fact that my husband was actually the one who spoke to McNeil on the phone to secure our refund!) to update me on the status of recalled products.
The gist of the letter is basically that they are "conducting a comprehensive quality review…and have identified corrective actions that we will take before we begin manufacturing at the plant where the recalled products were made" and that it take at least until the end of 2010 before they are able to begin selling these medications again.