Abbott Laboratories will recall approximately 5 million containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula due to possible insect contamination.

Company spokeswoman Melissa Brotz said Abbott discovered the insects last week in one section of a Michigan manufacturing plant.

The small beetle or larvae found in the formula could cause stomach ache and digestion problems.

The drugmaker said they have been consulting with the Food and Drug Administration which have determined no “immediate health risk” from the contamination.

The products subject to recall were sold in plastic containers and in cans of various sizes, including 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce.

Consumers can enter the lot number on their containers online to determine if their product should be recalled. A website,, and consumer hotline, 800-986-8850, have been set up for this purpose.

All recalled products will be fully refunded by abbot. The company expects a loss of $100 million as a result of the recall.
Abbott Laboratories’ shares dropped 16 cents down to $51.99.