Consumers are being encouraged to check if the Nestlé Nesquik chocolate powder in their cupboards bears one of 14 production codes that are being voluntarily recalled by Nestlé USA because it may contain the bacterium salmonella, which can cause foodborne illness.
The company announced the voluntary recall of limited quantities of Nesquik chocolate powder because the company was notified by an ingredient supplier, Omya, that it has recalled certain lots of its ingredient, calcium carbonate, due to possible presence of salmonella. Calcium carbonate is used in Nesquik as an ingredient.
To ensure the safety of consumers, Nestlé is recalling certain sizes and production codes of Nesquik, and removing unsold canisters from stores.
“We want the buying public to be aware of this recall and to check their shelves at home for Nesquik that might be subject to this recall,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein. “There have not been any reports of illnesses associated with this product at this time, but it is best to be cautious.”
The recall is limited to the following sizes, UPC and production codes of NESQUIK Chocolate Powder:
• 40.7 oz. chocolate (72 servings); 0 28000 68230 9; 2282574810 and 2282574820
• 21.8 oz. chocolate (38 servings); 0 28000 68090 9; 2278574810, 2278574820, 2279574810, 2279574820, 2284574820, 2284574830, 2285574810, 2285574820, 2287574820, 2289574810 and 2289574820
• 10.9 oz. chocolate (19 servings); 0 28000 67990 3; 2278574810
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.”
“Anyone who has this recalled Nesquik chocolate powder should not consume it, but instead should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund,” Rubenstein said.
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.
For more information or for assistance on returning this product, call Nestlé Consumer Services at 800-628-7679.