Chocolate powder mix recalled for potential salmonella contamination

On Nov. 8, Nestle USA recalled Nesquik chocolate powders sold in the U.S. after it found out that there could be salmonella contamination in the 10.9-, 21.8- and 40.7-ounce containers. The ingredient supplier for the product alerted Nestle about the possible contamination in a product that was produced in early October, 2012. 

Nesquik chocolate powder can be mixed with milk and is a favorite for both children and adults, whether it's served as chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Not only is it healthier than most chocolate syrups, but it's fortified with calcium, vitamin C and other essential nutrients that help build strong bones, and is therefore attractive to parents shopping for younger kids.

However, salmonella is a serious health issue. Both adults and kids going through baby development who consume the bacteria often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after ingestion, and symptoms can last for four to seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In rare cases, affected people may need to be hospitalized.

In the United States, around 42,000 cases of salmonella infections are reported every year, the CDC reported.

Parents who buy the Nesquik chocolate powder should check to see if they have an affected container size and if they do, to check the expiration date and the production codes, which are listed here. People who find recalled products are advised not to consume the powder, return it to the place they purchased it in order to receive a full refund.

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