DETROIT (WWJ) – Chocolate milk lovers beware: Nestlé is recalling its Nesquik Chocolate Powder because the product could be contaminated with Salmonella.
The voluntary recall includes limited quantities of Nestlé Nesquik Chocolate Powder in the 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce canisters, sold in Michigan and throughout the U.S. No other varieties of Nesquik powder or any sizes or flavors of Nesquick ready-to-drink are affected by this recall.
Nestlé is removing the canisters from distribution because an ingredient supplier, Omya Inc., issued a recall of certain lots of its ingredient calcium carbonate, due to possible presence of Salmonella.
Calcium carbonate is used in Nesquik as an ingredient. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been no reports of any illnesses or adverse health effects associated with the affected product.
The affected Nesquik Chocolate Powder was produced during early Oct. 2012.
The recall is limited to the following sizes, UPC and production codes of Nesquik Chocolate Powder:
— 40.7 oz. Chocolate (72 servings) — UPC: 0 28000 68230
— 21.8 oz. Chocolate (38 servings) — UPC: 0 28000 68090 9
— 10.9 oz. Chocolate (19 servings) — UPC: 0 28000 67990 3
To locate the production code, consumers should look on the bottom of the canister, adjacent to the consumer expiration date. All affected products have an expiration date of “Best Before Oct. 2014.”
The most common symptoms of Salmonella infection are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, which develop within eight to 72 hours of eating or drinking contaminated food. The illness usually lasts for four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.
However, salmonellosis can be severe or even life threatening for infants, older people, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.
Consumers who may have purchased the affected Nesquik Chocolate Powder should not consume it, but instead should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For more information, contact Nestlé Consumer Services at 800-628-7679.