Food manufacturing giant Nestlé USA recently announced that it would recall some varieties of Nestlé NESQUIK Chocolate Powder due to concerns about salmonella. Nestlés recall comes after one of its calcium carbonate suppliers recalled its products because of salmonella reports.
Salmonella contamination is one of the most common causes for food-based product liability lawsuits and recalls. Salmonella is a bacterium which can create an infection called Salmonellosis, more commonly called salmonella poisoning.
The majority of people who come down with salmonella poisoning develop fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea within a day or two of infection. The health effects of salmonella poisoning typically last up to a week and many people recover without treatment. However, there are many cases in which a patients diarrhea becomes so severe that hospitalization is required.
Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis, CDC experts said. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is higher than the rate in all other persons. Young children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are the most likely to have severe infections. It is estimated that approximately 400 persons die each year with acute salmonellosis.
Nestlé says that its chocolate powder recall is voluntary and that no illnesses have been linked to its products.
Source: FDA, Nestlé USA Announces Voluntary Recall of NESQUIK Chocolate Powder, Nov. 8, 2012