Nestle USA has announced that it is recalling some of its Nesquik chocolate powder due to a possible risk of salmonella contamination. The recall is being issued after Nestle was notified by their ingredient supplier, Omaya Inc., made the decision to recall some of the calcium carbonate that is used in the product in fear of possible Salmonella contamination. The Glendale-based company wanted to recall canisters of the product, used to mix with milk that creates a sweet drink, which were sold nationwide and made in October. So far, the company reports no illnesses associated with the product.
During the recall, the food maker stated that the Nesquik involved were in 10.9-21.8-and 40.7-ounce canisters made in early October and sold at retailers throughout the country. Though Salmonella is not life-threatening to everyone but some people are more at risk than others. Usually, those with salmonella poisoning end up with abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. Those who have weakened immune systems, infants, pregnant women and the elderly need to be careful as it can be life-threatening to them. In a statement issued by Nestle USA, they said, “We apologize to our consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this incident.”
Those products that have been affected have a “Best if sold by” date of October 2014. The following products and unit production codes are included in the recall, which can be found 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 were issued in the recall.
Unfortunately, recalls concerning Salmonella seem to not be uncommon in the food industry. Most recently, a salmonella outbreak occurred at the largest organic peanut processing plant. It led to a major recall of peanut butter and a variety of other nut products over the past two months. Trader Joe’s and a variety of grocery chains had to recall several peanut butter products and other spreads that were linked to dozens of salmonella illness cases throughout the country. Nestle has said that consumers who bought the recalled Nesquik products should avoid using it and can return it for a refund. They can also contact Consumer Services at (800) 626-7679.
Nestle Recalls Nesquik
Nestle is recalling more than 200,000 canisters of its chocolate drink mix, Nesquik, because of a possible salmonella contamination.