The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Similac manufacturer Abbott Laboratories, Ross Products Division, recently discovered counterfeit cans of the powdered infant formula in California.
FDA officials apprehended makers of the fake Similac powder one week after counterfeit cans were reported sold in Safeway and Pak 'n Save stores in the San Francisco area, and a Food Palace Market store in the San Diego area.
Some 38,000 pounds of fake formula powder were seized from counterfeit manufacturing plants in southern California and Maryland. Approximately 6,366 1-pound cans were recovered from retail and wholesale outlets. FDA officials stated that they believe fake product distribution was limited to California, and all suspect cans have been removed from identified stores.