Recall - Thinking of the FFing moms

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Recall - Thinking of the FFing moms
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Fri, 09-24-2010 - 1:17pm

I am thinking about the moms with a newborn - looking at that empty can of Similac she was given at the hospital, told it was best for her baby if she chose to use formula.

Or the mom who was struggling with BFing and thinking that perhaps everyone was right and she should just give up and use formula because it was "just as good". And then finds out that she has been feeding her baby bug parts and larvae!

Or what about the mom with an immuno-compromised baby, or a premie - wondering about the effect this is going to have on her baby? What health risks has this exposed her baby to, and what is the company going to do about it??

A free replacement can just might not be enough!

Will these moms just hand in their contaminated can of formula and take the free replacement can the company SAYS is safe? Or will they feel they need to switch formula and wonder - is this new formula really safe? Or will I find out tomorrow that it is contaminated too?

What will they do if they find that no formula is truly safe - that all formula is contaminated with bug parts and larvae - and putting their baby at risk?

I am also thinking back to the China melamine scandal when the owners of the company said it was harmless and hid it for almost a year before the recall. Why do we trust the US manufacturers to tell the truth?




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Fri, 09-24-2010 - 2:23pm

I just clicked on this link, which was posted on my PG: http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2010/09/abbott-labs-to-recall-some-similac-products.html/comment-page-1#comments



Seems most people in the comments are pretty livid about it (as they should be, IMO).

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Sat, 09-25-2010 - 11:56am

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Being an agriculture major, I learned in college that all food manufacturers are allowed to have some bug parts in the food they produce. It's not possible to eliminate all contaminants, so there is a maximum allowed level. I can only imagine it is the same for formula companies.

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You're spot on with this. They are so worried about protecting their reputation and profits that they are willing to lie even when it hurts consumers. I had been feeding some of the recalled pet food back in 2007 but fortunately none of my animals got sick. I switched to a raw food diet for a while because I didn't trust any pet food company. I switched back after a while because I was getting ready to give birth to my first son and didn't have the time to prepare raw foods for them anymore. But I still don't trust them.

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Sat, 09-25-2010 - 12:35pm

~~Being an agriculture major, I learned in college that all food manufacturers are allowed to have some bug parts in the food they produce. It's not possible to eliminate all contaminants, so there is a maximum allowed level. I can only imagine it is the same for formula companies.~~

Yes, I was just talking about that in another thread - I wonder how many parents realized that there is an ALLOWABLE amount of bug part, larva, excrement and rat hair & rat droppings in formula?

That this recall is only because it was found to be higher than the allowable amount?

I don't know what the allowable amount is for formula - but for flour it is:
♦ Insect filth: Average of 75 or more insect fragments per 50 grams
♦ Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams
http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/06/29/how_many_insect_parts_and_rodent_hairs_are_allowed_in_your_food.htm

Is it reasonable to think that formula powder and flour might have similar allowable amounts?

How much is a scoop of formula - I just looked it up and read 9 grams? How many scoops in an 8 oz bottle - I am reading 4 scoops in the US?

So in the US that 36 grams per bottle times at least 4 bottles a day? That's 144 grams of formula per day.

So if I assume that the allowable amount is similar to flour then baby is consuming:
♦ average of 225 or more insect fragments per day
♦ average of 3 or more rodent hairs per day

In a year's worth of formula, that would be
♦ 82,125 or more insect fragments
♦ 1,095 rat hairs in their baby formula!

And that's the allowable amount!

(Feel free to check my math and let me know if I figured wrong.)




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Sat, 09-25-2010 - 9:07pm
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