Similac Recall 2021 & Infant Formula Safety Alerts: What You Need To Know

Updated on 21 December 2021 • 5 minute read



Many formulas from name brands like Similac are designed to closely resemble breastmilk.

But with so many options available, even from the same brand, finding the right formula for your baby can be a huge challenge for many parents. 

Aside from checking the nutritional values and ingredients, it’s also a good idea to monitor for infant formula product recalls.

Moms may have different reasons for choosing a particular formula for their babies. Some might feel more secure choosing a well-known brand name.

Similac is among the most popular formula brands, but is it a healthy option for your baby? Have there been any formula recalls? If yes, what happened, and which products were included? Find the answers below.


Is There A Recall On Similac Formula?

Many parents are closely monitoring infant formula and baby food recalls because of recent Congressional Reports showing that many popular manufacturers are selling products tainted with high levels of toxic heavy metals.

The following are some of the Similac formulas that have been recalled:


Similac TummiCare One Infant Formula Recall (Philippines)

  • Date Recalled: August 14, 2019
  • Company Name: Abbott Laboratories
  • Reasons For Recall: Abbott recalled these products for differences in the preparation scoop size and the label instructions. (1)
  • The formula is safe to consume, but incorrect preparation using the provided scoop might not provide enough nutrients for your baby’s normal growth. (1)
  • Affected Products: Batch no. 03518QU (manufacturing date March 2019; expiration date March 2022)
  • This voluntary recall only affected products sold in the Philippines. 
  • Return or Refund Processing: Contact 1800-10-995-1555 (Province), (02) 995-1555 (Manila), or [email protected]abbott.com


Baby Formula Recalls 2010

Similac Powdered Infant Formula Recall 

  • Date Recalled: September 23, 2010
  • Company Name: Abbott Laboratories Inc.
  • Reasons For Recall: Several powdered baby formula products were recalled due to the remote possibility of contamination with larvae, full-grown adults, or insect parts of the small common beetle. (2)
  • It affected products made at a plant in Sturgis, Michigan. (2)
  • The recall was based on an internal quality review. (2)
  • Return or Refund Processing: Call 800-986-8850 or visit similac.com/recall 


This infant formula recall included these Similac products: (3)(4)

  • Similac Advance Powder DHA/AHA
  • Similac Advance Sensitive Powder DHA/AHA
  • Similac Advance LCP with Iron Powder 
  • Similac Go & Grow Milk Powder 
  • Similac Isomil Advance Soy Powder 
  • Similac Go & Grow Soy Milk Powder 
  • Similac Advance Early Shield Powder 
  • Similac Organic Powder DHA/AHA 
  • Similac Sensitive with Iron Powder
  • Similac Sensitive R.S. Powder 
  • Similac Sensitive Early Shield Powder
  • Similac Isomil Advance Soy/Iron Powder 
  • Similac Go & Grow Milk Early Shield Powder 


According to the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) recall notice, ingestion of the larvae or beetle could cause intestinal discomfort, and the child might refuse to eat. But it poses no immediate health risk of food poisoning. (3)

This voluntary recall included up to 5 million Similac powder infant formula units in plastic containers and 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, or 12.9-ounce cans sold in the US, Guam, Puerto Rico, and some Caribbean countries. (3)(4)

No liquid formulas were included in this recall. (4)

Abbott Laboratories Inc. assured affected customers that their tests showed only 0.16% of the recalled Similac products were contaminated. (5)

When we identified this, we did extensive testing of every product on the (factory) line, and more than 99.8 percent of the product was negative for beetle contamination,” said Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz. (2)

The Similac recall involved dozens of different lots and products. Affected customers were advised to search for the lot number of their item at similac.com/recall. They can also find it from the list that the company later released. (7)


Similac Recalls 2007

  • Date Recalled: May 2007
  • Company Name: Abbott Laboratories Inc.
  • Reasons For Recall: The formula has a much lower iron content than the concentration indicated on the label. (8)
  • Affected Products: Similac Special Care Ready-to-Feed Premature Infant Formula Powder with Iron (2-ounce bottles)
  • Return or Refund Processing: Call 800-624-3412 


According to the FDA, premature babies fed with this formula for over a month may have a higher risk of developing iron-deficiency anemia because of insufficient iron intake. But there were no serious medical complaints reported concerning this Similac recall. (8)


Similac Formula Recalls 2006

Is Similac Alimentum On Recall? (Liquid Ready-To-Drink Formula)

  • Date Recalled: September 18, 2006
  • Company Name: Abbott Nutrition
  • Reasons For Recall: The bottles had a missing special layer that keeps air out. This manufacturing defect may cause a decrease in the formula’s vitamin C content over time. (9)
  • Infants who don’t receive enough of this vitamin might experience vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms may include irritability with generalized tenderness. (9)
  • Affected Products: Lot 401895V, with a “use by” date of May 1, 2007
  • Return or Refund Processing: Call 800-624-3412


Similac Advance With Iron (Liquid Ready-To-Drink Formula)

  • Date Recalled: September 18, 2006
  • Company Name: Abbott Laboratories
  • Reasons For Recall: The formula bottles lack a special layer that keeps air out, leading to a possible chemical reaction between air and the formula that may decrease its vitamin C content. (9)
  • Affected Products: Lot codes 40177RH and 40172RH, with a “use by” date of Nov. 1, 2007
  • Return or Refund Processing: Call 800-624-3412


Similac Advance Hospital Discharge Kits

  • Date Recalled: September 18, 2006
  • Company Name: Abbott Laboratories
  • Reasons For Recall: The bottles lack a special layer that keeps air out. It may cause a decrease in vitamin C levels over time. (9)
  • Affected Products: Lot code 41699D5
  • Return or Refund Processing: Call 800-624-3412


Similac Formula Recalls 2005

  • Date Recalled: February 2005
  • Company Name: Abbott Laboratories
  • Reasons For Recall: Possible contamination with black polyvinyl chloride plastic particles (8)
  • Affected Products: Similac Advance with Iron Formula Powder (12.9-ounce cans)
  • Return or Refund Processing: Call 800-624-3412 


The contamination was attributed to a manufacturing problem, but no serious health problems were reported concerning this recall. (8)


What Baby Formula Is On Recall 2021?

The following are some of the baby formulas recalled in 2021:


Able Groupe Baby Formula Recall

  • Date Recalled: August 08, 2021
  • Company Name: Able Groupe
  • Reasons For Recall: The recalled products didn’t meet FDA requirements because the company didn’t submit pre-market notifications. (10)
  • Also, some of the formulas have low iron levels that didn’t meet the minimum of 1 mg iron per 100 calories. The FDA requires formula manufacturers to meet this requirement to help prevent iron deficiency anemia, a condition that can lead to irreversible functional development outcomes. (10)
  • Formulas that don’t meet this requirement need a label indicating that additional iron might be necessary, but the company failed to comply. (10)
  • Return or Refund Processing: Contact recallquestions@ablegroupe.com


All lot codes of: (10)

  • HiPP
  • Holle
  • Lebenswert
  • Kendamil


These are imported products from Europe distributed by the online retail store LittleBundle website starting May 20, 2021. (10)


Designed by Nature Recall

  • Date Recalled: June 14, 2021
  • Company Name: Designed by Nature
  • Reasons For Recall: Possible health risks due to incorrect labels (the product is not intended for use as infant formula)(11)
  • The company doesn’t test for Cronobacter, a deadly bacteria. (11)
  • Return or Refund Processing: Contact 562-354-0884 or recall@designedbynature.net 


These products are affected by the recall: (11)

  • Goat’s Milk Powder
  • Cow’s Milk Powder
  • Base Milk Powder


What To Do With Recalled Milk Formula

  • Double-check the full product name, lot code, batch number, and the expiration or “use by” date.
  • If the product is part of the recall, immediately stop giving it to your child, especially recalled products with Salmonella and other pathogens. Contact the store or manufacturer for the refund or replacement process.
  • Call your pediatrician or doctor if your child shows signs of medical issues (such as stomach upset) from drinking the recalled product.


Formulas That Haven’t Been Recalled

The following formulas haven’t been recalled:

  • Similac Pro-Advance Non-GMO Infant Formula with Iron
  • Earth’s Best Non-GMO Soy-Based Infant Powder Formula
  • Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula Powder
  • Else Plant-Based Complete Nutrition for Toddlers
  • Happy Baby Organics Infant Formula
  • Enfamil Neuropro
  • Enfamil A2 with Prebiotics
  • Enfamil Enspire Baby Formula with Iron
  • Meyenberg Whole Powdered Goat Milk 


Always make sure to check with your baby’s pediatrician before starting or switching formulas. 





(1) https://www.fda.gov.ph/fda-advisory-no-2019-238-voluntary-recall-of-similac-tummicare-one-infant-formula-820-grams-with-batch-no-03518qu/

(2) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-abbott-idUSTRE68L4ZI20100922

(3) https://buffalonews.com/news/similac-recalls-powdered-formula/article_a7d6e134-56bc-56c7-b29d-11edd4093b1e.html

(4)  https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2010/0927/Similac-recallAbbott-updates-baby-formula-recall-list

(5) https://greenplanetethics.com/side-effects-and-precautions-for-similac-recall/

(6) https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703860104575508041218246932

(7) http://media.cleveland.com/business_impact/other/similac-recalllot-numbers.pdf

(8) https://abcnews.go.com/Health/ParentingResourceCenter/similac-recall-bug-parts-baby-formula-worry-parents/story?id=11710959

(9) https://www.aappublications.org/content/27/9/2006229

(10) https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/able-groupe-recalling-products-labeled-infant-formula-formulas-have-insufficient-iron-levels

(11) https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/designed-nature-voluntarily-recalls-goats-milk-cows-milk-and-base-milk-formulas-due-possible-health




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