GLENDALE, Cal. - Chocolate giant Nestle USA is recalling some lots of its Nesquik chocolate powder drink mix because it might be contaminated with salmonella.
Containers of the popular children's drink mix produced in early October have been voluntarily recalled after one of the company's suppliers, Omya Inc., on Tuesday recalled large batches of calcium carbonate, a food additive, because of possible salmonella contamination.
Recalled Nesquik includes the 10.9-ounce, 21.8-ounce and 40.7-ounce canisters, which were distributed nationally. No other varieties of Nesquik powder or any sizes or flavors of Nesquik ready-to-drink products are affected by the recall.
Nestle USA is headquartered in Glendale, Calif.
Shoppers who bought the recalled Nesquik chocolate drink mix powder should not consume it, but should return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. People with questions should call Nestle Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.
Omya Inc. recalled three lots of 50-pound, 2000-pound and 2,500-pound bags of food-grade limestone, also called calcium carbonate, produced at its Superior, Ariz., plant.
Calcium carbonate is used in a wide range of consumer products, including toothpaste, chewing gum, candies, frostings - and drink mixes.
No reports of illness or adverse events have been associated with the Omya or Nestle recalls, the manufacturers said.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, which can develop within eight hours to 72 hours of eating or drinking contaminated food. The illness can last for a week, but some people -- including children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems -- can become seriously ill, even requiring hospitalization.