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Nesquik Chocolate Powder recalled for salmonella

Nesquik chocolate powders sold in the United States are being recalled due to possible presence of salmonella, Nestle USA announced Thursday.

The company's voluntary recall is limited to only to 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7-ounce containers of Nesquik Chocolate Powder, and no other varieties or sizes are affected.

The company pulled the products after a supplier for the Nesquick ingredient calcium carbonate, Omya Inc., notified Nestle of potential salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported.

The affected powders were produced during Oct. 2012, the company said. Consumers should look for the production code on the bottom of the canister by the expiration date to see if the product is part of the recall.

For 40.7 ounce chocolate powder (72 servings), the affected production codes are: 2282574810 and 2282574820.

For 21.8 ounce chocolate powder (38) servings, affected codes are: 2278574810, 2278574820, 2279574810, 2279574820, 2284574820, 2284574830, 2285574810, 2285574820, 2287574820, 2289574810 and 2289574820.

For 10.9 ounce chocolate powder (19 servings), the affected production code is 2278574810.

All affected products have an expiration date of Oct. 2014.

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes the illness, salmonellosis, which can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Illness typically lasts four to seven days and most people will recover without treatment, however some may need to be hospitalized for severe diarrhea. The elderly, infants, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Consumers who may have purchased the recalled products should not drink it and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers can also call Nestle Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.

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