2 Missouri Moms Claim They Found Worms in Their Babies' Formula
Two Missouri moms claim that they found worms in their Similac formula during the same two-week span.
Taylor Seyler, of Kansas City, is a breastfeeding mom who has been using Similac for supplementation when she is not with her 2-month-old son Keighan.
On one particular September day, however, she says she found something shocking in her baby’s bottle after Keighan’s great-grandmother had already fed the child two ounces of the milk while Seyler was away.
A week earlier, Seyler claimed she had read a Facebook post about another woman who found worms in her milk, so as soon as she noticed something undissolved in the bottle, she dumped it out to check.
“When I noticed it, I figured it was the same exact thing,” Seyler told InsideEdition. “Me and my grandma started to pour out and filter it out so we could filter the maggots. There [were] five or six on the paper.”
Seyler said she was mad that it happened to her because when she saw the post she said she thought it was a rare occurrence. She later posted her own findings on the social network.
The company who produces Similac, Abbott Laboratories, released a statement about the incident claiming they reviewed the photos taken by Seyler and determined what was in Keighan’s formula was Indian meal moth larva, and that they entered the package after it left their facility.
Indian meal moths do qualify as worms and are typically found in kitchen pantries, flour, cereal.
“We take all concerns about product quality an safety seriously. Parents can be confident that Similac infant formulas are safe. Our products pass rigorous safety and quality checks, including numerous steps to check for foreign objects and ensure proper packaging,” the statement read.
Megan Mallory, however, a mom from Gower, told InsideEdition.com that later that week she saw Seyler’s Facebook post about the worms and was on the lookout.
She was making a bottle for her 4-month-old daughter Myla when she noticed certain particles in her formula weren’t dissolving. Upon inspection, she said they looked similar to the photos she had seen.
She contacted Abbott, who told InsideEdition.com that what she found were not worms.
“We’ve spoken with this mom and looked into her complaint. Our lab analysis of the photos found what appear to be small clumps that are consistent with product clumps,” Michelle Schott, a spokeswoman for Abbott, told InsideEdition.com.
They refunded Mallory’s money, but she doesn't agree with the company's findings.
“I know what clumps looks like. And how to solve the problem. That was not dissolving at all,” she said.
She claimed she even took one out to try and make it dissolve with her hand, but it did not.
“I’m more freaked out and I was like I can’t let my daughter be eating this. She could get sick and I don’t want that,” Mallory.
Doctors say that a child’s stomach will usually dissolve the bugs before it can do any harm, but it’s more about the principle for these moms.
“I will never feel comfortable or safe feeding him this crap again,” said Seyler.