SARASOTA - New parents with new babies in tow listened to last-minute advice at Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Celebration Going Home Brunch on Thursday.
But this brunch included information on a large-scale recall of Similac infant formula.
"We wanted to give you the education as to what you need to do at this point," nursing manager Judy Cavallaro said to the parents.
Like many hospitals, SMH passes out diaper bags as a parting gift to parents. Some of the bags include a can of Similac. Cavallaro said that as soon as a Similac representative contacted the hospital, it immediately replaced the recalled powder formula with approved ready-to-feed liquid formula.
She said the hospital normally only uses the liquid for its smallest patients, so hospitalized patients are not at risk.
Abbott, which makes Similac, issued the voluntary recall Wednesday after discovering the possibility of a small beetle in the powder.
The Food and Drug Administration said while it's not expected to cause serious harm, infants who consume the recalled formula could experience gastrointestinal discomfort for a few days and refuse to eat. Hospitals and retailers like Publix and CVS have spent the past few days pulling the recalled formula off their shelves.
For information on the Similac recall, go to http://www.similac.com/recall.