ATTENTION! Similac Powder Formula Recall

WIC Families – Important information about the recall is below.  While Abbott is working to bring more Similac formula to retail stores, some families may have a hard time finding what they need during the next several weeks.

WIC is here to help.  We understand that this is a challenging situation and affecting many families across the country.  We are working hard to find solutions. If you are unable to find your baby’s formula, you will need to contact your local WIC office to change your prescription.

Important Information – It is unsafe to overdilute formula, make homemade infant formula or use regular cow’s milk, goat milk or milk substitutes to feed infants.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding infants iron-fortified infant formula during the first year of life when human milk is unavailable.

Feeding breast milk and formula? If you are partially breastfeeding and would like help increasing your milk supply to reduce the amount of formula your baby receives, call your local WIC office or call or text your breastfeeding peer counselor.  WIC has many breastfeeding resources available to support you.

Participants should first reach out to their local WIC office with questions.  Contact information, including email addresses, can be found here: Locations | Participants who need additional support can also reach out by email to [email protected]

Abbott Recall Information for WIC Participants

Abbott has issued a recall for Similac powder formulas manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan.

The following Abbott formulas on the Massachusetts WIC formula list are all produced in Sturgis, MI and are affected by the recall:

  • 12.6 oz Similac Total Comfort powder
  • 12.5 oz Similac for Spit-Up powder
  • All EleCare powder Infant and Jr
  • All Alimentum powder
  • Similac PM 60/40 powder (one lot added to the recall list on 2.28.22)


The following Abbott formulas on the Massachusetts WIC formula list are produced in Sturgis, MI as well as other plants and are partially affected by the recall:

  • 12.5 oz Similac Sensitive powder
  • 12.4 oz Similac Advance powder


The following Abbott formulas on the Massachusetts WIC formula list are not affected by the recall (not produced at Sturgis, MI plant):

  • Isomil
  • NeoSure
  • All concentrated liquids and ready to feeds


What to do

Visit or call 1-800-986-8540 to find out if your formula is included.

Products are included in the recall if they have all three items below:

  • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37, and
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
  • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

NOTE – The codes on the bottom of new Similac Advance and Similac Sensitive cans coming to stores this month will look slightly different because they are not coming from the impacted plant in Michigan.


At this time, Similac PM 60/40 with lot code 27032K80 (can) / 27032K800 (case) are the only type and lots of this specialty formula being recalled. 


DO NOT feed your baby formula if it is included in this recall.

For Participants with Cans of Recalled Formula

Do not throw out any cans of recalled formula.  They will be needed to receive a replacement.  Keep them in a safe place but do not use them.

WIC participants with recalled cans of formula, regardless of type, can bring the recalled cans to the store and ask for an exchange (which may include, but are not limited to, the same product, a substitute product, or a store gift card). Retailers are working hard to update their inventory in response to this recall.

Participants can also contact their local programs for additional guidance if they have recalled cans of formula in hand.  

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