Friday, November 8, 2012 Nestlé USA announced a voluntary recall of its NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder.
The recalled products are limited to three different size containers; the 40.7 ounce container, 21.8 ounce container, and the 10.9 ounce container, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Salmonella in Your Chocolate Milk?
Omya Inc, a company who supplies calcium carbonate to Nestlé, has recalled their products due to possible presence of Salmonella.
Calcium carbonate is used to make NESQUIK, and in this case many be the source of Salmonella contamination.
The NESQUIK that is affected was made during the early part of October 2012, and the affected canisters have an expiration date of ‘BEST BEFORE October 2014.’ You will also want to check the production codes on the bottom of the canisters to find out if you have an affected product. The recalled production numbers can be found on the FDA website.
If you have the recalled product, the FDA states that you can take it back to where you purchased it for a full refund, or you can contact Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679. Do not consume this recalled product; even though there have not been any cases of salmonella reported, it could make you very sick.
Within 12 to 72 hours after eating a product contaminated with salmonella, you could become sick with diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. These symptoms will last four to seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most people recover without any medical intervention, but the very young and elderly are more at risk for dehydration due to diarrhea and may need intravenous fluids. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot you can do, as a consumer, to avoid getting salmonella from a packaged product like NESQUIK other than carefully observing recalls such as this one.
Avoid Salmonella Contamination
There have been numerous recalls involving salmonella in the news lately; from cantaloupes to peanut butter and now NESQUIK chocolate powder. Paying attention to news and following the FDA website for the latest recalls can help you stay on top of recalls. USA.gov even has a product recall app, called RECALLS.gov that you can download on your iPhone or Android. With this app you can search for different products to see if they have been recalled and stay up-to-date on the latest recall.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is Salmonellosis? (2012). Accessed November 10, 2012.
United States Food and Drug Administration. Nestlé USA Announces Voluntary Recall of NESQUICK Chocolate Powder. (2012). Accessed November 10, 2012.