Replacement WIC Infant Formula Arrives in Vermont

For Immediate Release: Sept. 27, 2010
Media Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health received replacement shipments of Similac and Isomil liquid infant formulas over the weekend and began the process of offering replacement cans to WIC recipients statewide.

WIC recipients impacted by the recall can exchange it for replacement formula at a Health Department district office. Contact information for the Health Department’s 12 district offices can be found at: http://www.healthvermont.gov/local/district/district_office.aspx.

A nationwide recall of certain lots of powdered Similac and Isomil brand infant formula was announced by the manufacturer, Abbott, last week after traces of a small common beetle were detected in some of the products.

Approximately 1,700 WIC families in Vermont may have received certain lots of the Similac and Isomil powdered formula. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

“We learned over the weekend that there are still some Vermont families that are not aware of the national recall,” said Donna Bister, WIC program chief. “It’s important that we update those families and ask them to come to a Health Department district office and exchange the recalled powder formula for the liquid formula, which was not impacted by the recall.”

The recalled products include:
Similac and Isomil powder product lines offered in plastic containers (these are usually the bigger containers)
Similac and Isomil powder product lines offered in 8-ounce sample cans, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

Vermont families who are not part of WIC and have received samples, or who purchased recalled products at stores can request replacement formula by contacting the manufacturer at http://similac.com/recall/consumer.

For a full list of products that have been recalled, visit: www.similac.com/recall.

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