About 200,000 cans of NESQUIK chocolate drink powder have been recalled after Nestle was notified that a certain ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella, posing a potential health risk for consumers.
The Nestle NESQUICK Chocolate Powder recall was announced by the FDA on November 8, after it was discovered that salmonella may be present in an ingredient.
Omya Inc., the ingredient supplier, informed Nestle that the calcium carbonate used in the powder tested positive for salmonella in a random sample check. However, there have been no reported cases of salmonella food poisoning connected to the recalled NESQUIK cannisters.
The recall includes NESQUIK chocolate powder sold in canister sizes of 10.9 oz. Chocolate (19 serving) with UPC Code 0 28000 68230 9, 21.8 Chocolate (38 servings) with UPC Code 028000 68090 9, and 40.7 oz. Chocolate (72 servings) with UPC Code 0 28000 68230 9.
Affected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder has any of the following production codes located on the bottom of the canisters: 2278574810, 2278574820, 2279574810, 2279574820, 2284574820, 2284574830, 2285574810, 2285574820, 2287574820, 2289574810, 2289574820, 2278574810, 2282574810, and 2282574820.
Affected canisters were produced during early October 2012 and were shipped across the nation with an expiration date of BEST BEFORE October 2014.
Salmonella can cause symptoms that consist of fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, which typically resolve in a few days or weeks for healthy individuals. However, if the bacterium enters the blood stream, it can cause more severe side effects such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis, arthritis, and sometimes fatal infections in young children or elderly people.
No injuries or adverse health consequences have been reported but Nestle’ has removed all of the affected products from store shelves and is asking for consumers to stop using the recalled chocolate powder immediately.
Consumers who purchased affected powder should not consume it and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can call Nestle Consumer Services at (800) 628.7679.