Nesquik Chocolate Milk Recall: How It May Affect Your Kids' Favorite Drink

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hot cocoa with marshmallowsWe're gettin' into that time of year where nothing beats snuggling up on the couch with a nice toasty drink ... But you may need to hold the cocoa in your hot cocoa. Or worse yet -- your kids' favorite drink, which is undoubtedly, at any time of the year, chocolate milk! That's because Nestle is recalling more than 200,000 canisters of its chocolate drink mix Nesquik due to possible contamination of salmonella. Ack!

Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported in conjunction with the contamination. But I'm sure plenty of consumers are still going to wonder ... how the heck did this happen?

Nestle reports that the problem occurred in batches of the mix produced in October. The company says their ingredient supplier, Omya Inc., has issued a recall of certain lots of its ingredient, calcium carbonate. (Not sure how salmonella makes its way into that! Weird!) Linda Pleiman, an Omya spokesperson, said that it had notified its other customers of the problem but was not aware of any other recalls at this time. Nonetheless, given the way the most recent wide-spread peanut butter recall went down, sounds like something we should keep our eyes and ears open for.

In the meantime, here's the scoop on the affected products: The bottom of affected canisters says it's best to use by October 2014. And the size of canisters affected are 40.7 ounces, 21.8 ounces, and 10.9 ounces. Also, FYI: The two small ones have a promo for the current Disney flick, Wreck-It Ralph, on the side of the container and the words "Be a Hero" across the bottom.

Nestle said consumers who have the product can return to the place of purchase for a full refund or or contact Nestle Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.

Are you surprised by this recall?


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amomm... amommy2jack

good information, but that has got to be the most disgusting picture of hot chocolate ever.

Petra Rempel Hutchison

um, why is there calcium carbonate in chocolate milk anyhow?!?  This is why we do our cocoa from scratch on the stove.  At least I know what goes in it.

momav... momavanessa

have one that says August 2014. The big canister. I am going to call just in case. Thanks for the info.

Kate Cooley

Another reason to like Ovaltine!

Logan... Logankaismommy

I use carnation instant bfast if my kid wants chocolate milk. Either that or organic chocolate hazelnut milk.

Jenn Myers

we just add chocolate syrup to soy milk...or make the cold stone creamery hot cocoa or use my pepermint drinking chocolate.

BiBi Frederick Waltslady

Just bought some for me last night... oh poo... guess ill making that drive back to the grocery... another reason y i LOVE Ovaltine, but hubby thinks it tatstes "healthy" -_-

Cassandra Huber

Oh, joy...i keep this stuff in stock constantly in my home. Not happy at all with them...but Nestle is one of the worst companies out there. Their products are ususlly very cheaply made.

Elspeth Miller

Glad we use Ovaltine, Swiss Miss and my splurge: Godiva cocoa! Mmmmm

nonmember avatar teagansmomma

I agree momma2jack...that hot chocolate doesn't even look warm anymore...ugh

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