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5 million Similac powdered formula containers recalled

WATERLOO (KWWL) --A massive recall of baby formula is underway nationwide. 

A lot of parents are wondering just what kind is affected.  The recall involves 5 million cans of Similac formula in the 8, 12.4, and 12.9 ounce cans.  The company reports possible contamination from bugs and their larvae in the products. 

Check your lot numbers, found on the bottom of the can, to the ones of the list.  (The list is found at similac.com/recall and by clicking here.)

This recall is frightening for many families, especially for new moms who aren't able to breastfeed and rely solely on formula to feed their infants.  So not being able to use a popular brand of formula is a challenge.  But what's more worrisome, is that the bugs that may have made their way into their formula, could make your child sick.

Katie Van Hauen works, goes to school, and is a mom of three.  Her youngest child is 3-month-old Sydney.  And the little on is at the stage where she's eating a lot.

"She's been on formula since day one.  And it's worked out really good for her.  As you can tell, at three months old, she looks like a six month old!" Van Hauen said.

So when Van Hauen learned the formula she's been feeding her child has been recalled, she was filled with fears.

"It shouldn't have to come down to a recall of millions because somebody didn't do their job with the possibility of something getting into it, and especially bugs because you don't know what they have.  You don't know if they're carrying something.  So I went, ‘Oh my God.  Is she going to get sick from it?'" Van Hauen said.

And those are valid concerns.  While it's not known if any infants have become sickened by the formula yet, there is a chance that babies who consume it could get sick.

"The body will react to it in that there will be some irritation in the GI tract and probably some allergic symptoms in the tract.  And that will show up with vomiting, or kind of like diarrhea or the child will have some discomfort," said Dr. Suhaib Kazmouz, pediatrician with Covenant Clinic.

If your child has those symptoms for more than a few days and isn't getting better, or appears dehydrated, then seek medical attention.

It should be noted that only powdered versions of the formula have been recalled, not the liquid versions.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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