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Similac Formula Recall Test Image, a 320 megapixel image constructed from 6,000 photographs by Gene Cooper

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Gene Cooper Gene Cooper
Explore score
0.32 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 06, 2010
Date taken
Nov 06, 2010

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The image presented here is of a sample of recalled similac infant formula. The formula was voluntarily recalled by the Abbott in late 2010 due to the presence of a small common beetle in the product.

The test image and sample shown here clearly shows the presence of the beetle specimens referred to by Abbott in their recall notice. With normal lighting and through standard examination processes, the beetle parts are not readily visible. However, when imaging a larger sample with bright field lighting and 5x magnification, the parts are clearly visible and easily identified.

Abbott states, "Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which 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. The United States Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted." in a recall annoucement on Septermber 22, 2010.

The image shown here was created as part of the Explorable Microscopy project (formerly Small World Explorations). The project enables new science, research, and discovery by providing the ability to effortlessly explore microscopic detail across entire subjects and specimens. For more information, visit the website at www.explorablemicroscopy.org Will open in a new tab or window
The image was created by Gene Cooper using the GigaMacroBot linear imaging system prototype. For more information contact Gene Cooper at gene@fourchambers.org Will open in a new tab or window. Specimen provided courtesy of John Rawlins, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Technical Details for this Image:
Focus Stack: 75 images
Image Mosaic: 80 images
Total Images: 6,000
Actual Size: 24mm x 12mm x 4mm

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