Abbott Recalling 5 Million Containers Of Similac Baby Powder

First Published Wednesday, 22nd September 2010 06:19 pm - © 2010 Dow Jones


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Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is recalling about 5 million containers of Similac powdered baby formula as the company learned that beetles or their larvae could be in the product.

The recall comes after an internal quality review found the "remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in one production area" at its Sturgis, Mich., plant.

The maker of drugs and medical devices said the recall won't hurt earnings guidance the rest of the year. Abbott, though, will record about $100 million of sales returns for the third quarter. The top line is expected to approach $9 billion for the period.

The recalled product was sold in the U.S., Guam and various locales in the Caribbean. Consumers can go to similac.com/recall for more information or call 1-800-986-8850.

Abbott shares were recently down 20 cents at $51.95.

-By Kevin Kingsbury; Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2354; kevin.kingsbury@dowjones.com

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