Stores have pulled stocks of Nesquik chocolate powder from their shelves amid concerns over salmonella contamination.
Nestlé USA issued a voluntary recall of batches of Nesquik chocolate powder, which was made in October. The powder is mixed with milk to create a sweet drink.
The company advised consumers to look for 10.9oz, 21.8oz and 40.7oz containers bearing an expiration date of October 2014.
The company, in consultation with the US Food and Drug Administration, began the recall after its supplier Omya Inc. issued its own recall of calcium carbonate, a Nesquik ingredient, because of the possibility that salmonella could be present in some batches.
There have been no reports of illness or adverse health effects from anyone consuming the product, to the best of Nestlé’s knowledge, the company said.
The salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, fever and, in people who are particularly vulnerable, more severe symptoms and even death.
“We apologise to our consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this incident,” Nestlé USA said in a statement.
Foster’s Food Fair IGA in Cayman issued a statement announcing the removal of the affected product it stocks – 21.8oz containers with the UPC code of 28000-68090-9 from its stores.
People who have bought the product from the stores can return them for a full refund.