YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Military officials have halted some sales of Similac brand baby formula following reports that the formula may be contaminated with beetles.

The Defense Logistics Agency sent a memo to the Defense Commissary Agency and several other agencies Thursday, instructing them to inventory and halt sales of certain Similac powder products offered in plastic containers and in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

Parent company Abbott Laboratories issued the recall after an internal quality review “detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility,” according to a company news release.

The Food and Drug Administration determined that the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk. But infants who consume formula containing the beetles, or their larvae, may develop stomach discomfort.

To find out if a particular container is included in the recall, go to and type in the lot number, or call (800) 986-8850.

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