This Week in Weird Recalls


It seems like every week we come across all sorts of ridiculous recalls, from hazardous foot tanners to out of control sanders. This week is no different.

First, health care company Abbot is recalling certain lines of powder infant formula that did not meet its quality standards. And by “did not meet its quality standards” the company means “may contain beetles.”

Yes, you heard that right. Certain product lines of Similac powder formulas that were distributed to the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and some countries in the Caribbean may contain “a small common beetle,” or beetle larvae. While the bugs allegedly pose no immediate health risk, gastrointestinal discomfort may result from “small insect parts irritating the GI tract.” And even if it posed no health risk whatsoever, I’m guessing parents still wouldn’t be crazy about feeding bugs to their babies.

The good news is that none of the company’s liquid formulas are affected. Consumers can visit Abbot’s recall page to learn whether their formula is affected and for instructions on how to return it for a full refund.

Next up is a recall that may be even more disgusting: peanuts contaminated with lobster poo.

Wait, that’s not right – it’s actually Lobster Poo contaminated with peanuts. Wait, what?

Apparently Lobster Poo is a candy made by the Maine-based sweets company Suzipoo, and it seems that the company forgot to mention that the product contains peanuts. While no reactions to this “undeclared allergen” have been reported, there’s obviously some concern that people with peanut allergies could have a severe reaction after eating what they thought was a simple bag of Lobster Poo. (The product is actually burnt red peanuts, according to the FDA.)

Consumers can return the candy to the place of purchase for a refund, and can contact the company with any questions at 207-251-0523.

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