The kids love it — but parents should be aware that Nesquik chocolate milk could pose a health risk, due to possible salmonella contamination. Nestle is recalling 10.9-, 21.8- and 40.7-ounce canisters of Nesquik chocolate powder produced in early October and sold at retailers across the country.
Nestle says it is issuing the recall after its ingredient supplier, Omaya Inc., decided to recall some of the calcium carbonate used in the product due to possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported associated with the product, according to Nestle.
Concordians can buy Nequik powder at many locations around town, including the Safeways, Food Maxx stores, Rite Aid and Lucky. Search for retailers near you using the Nesquik website.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. It can be life-threatening in infants, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.
The affected products have a "Best if sold by" date of October 2014.The recall includes the following products and unit production codes, which are located on the bottom of the canister:
-40.7 ounce powder with UPC 0 28000 68230 9 2282574810 2282574820
-21.8 ounce powder with UPC 0 28000 68090 9 2278574810 2278574820 2279574810 2279574820 2284574820 2284574830 2285574810 2285574820 2287574820 2289574810 2289574820
-10.9 ounce powder with UPC 0 28000 67990 3 2278574810
No other varieties of Nesquik powder are in the recall.
Nestle said that consumers who bought the affected Nesquik products should not use it and can return it for a refund or contact Nestle Consumer Services at(800) 628-7679.
Salmonella recalls are not uncommon in the food industry. Most recently a salmonella outbreak at the country's largest organic peanut processing plant lead to a major recall of peanut butter and other nut products over the past two months.
This week, Fresh Express also recalled a selection of its bags of spinach due to possible Salmonella contamination.