Salmonella-tainted food seems to cropping up everywhere these days from peanut butter to bagged spinach from Fresh Express and now in Nesquik chocolate power that was manufactured in October and sold in stores until late last week.
Salmonella causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, and symptoms can linger for up to a week. Often the infection resolves without any treatment beyond bed rest and hydration. It can, though, cause severe health problems in very young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
All the affected Nesquik products have an expiration date of “best before October 2014” as well as the following identifying characteristics on their label:
40.7 oz. Chocolate (72 servings) UPC code: 0 28000 68230 9
21.8 oz. Chocolate (38 servings) UPC code: 0 28000 68090 9
10.9 oz. Chocolate (19 servings) UPC code: 0 28000 67990 3
Consumers who may have purchased the affected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder should take it back to where it was purchased or contact Nestlé Consumer Services at 800-628-7679 to get a full refund.
Brockton-based Spence & Co. also announced over the weekend that they were recalling 1,563 packs of smoked salmon due to concerns about contamination with listeria. The packages are from lot# 9720704 and were sold in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
Two listeria infections have so far been linked to the product, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Listeria symptoms include fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea; the infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman. Consumers who have the potentially contaminated product should avoid eating it and contact Spence & Co’s customer service at 508-427-5577 for a refund or return the product to the store where it was purchased.
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