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Consumer Protection Chief: Some Nesquik Has Been Recalled

He is urging the public to check some Nesquik labels.

Consumers are being encouraged by the state Department of Consumer Protection to check if the Nestlé Nesquik chocolate powder drink mix in their cupboards bears one of 14 production codes that are being voluntarily recalled by Nestlé USA because it may contain the bacterium Salmonella.

Salmonelle can cause foodborne illness and the agency sent out an alert on Friday morning.

The company announced the voluntary recall of limited quantities of the powder because it was notified by an ingredient supplier, Omya Inc., that it has recalled certain lots of an ingredient, calcium carbonate, because of the potential for  Salmonella, according to a Department of Consumer Protection news release.

Calcium carbonate is used in Nesquik as an ingredient, according to a Department of Consumer Protection news release.

“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 said today.  “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)

• UPC code

0 28000 68230 9

• Production codes:

2282574810

2282574820

21.8 oz. Chocolate (38 servings)

• Upc code

0 28000 68090 9

• Production codes:

2278574810          2278574820
2279574810          2279574820
2284574820          2284574830
2285574810          2285574820
2287574820          2289574810
2289574820

10.9 oz. Chocolate (19 servings)

• Upc code

0 28000 67990 3

• Production codes

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, according to a Department of Consumer Protection news release. 

“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.

According to a Department of Consumer Protection news release, 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, contact Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.

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