It seems there have been a number of food poisoning scares due to Salmonella contamination in many different food products this year, some of which have caused serious illness and death to consumers. On November 8, 2012 CBS news reported that Nesquik, a chocolate powdered drink mix that is popular with children and adults, is the latest to be cited for possible Salmonella contamination.
Nestle USA Recalls Nesquik Chocolate Mix Lots
Nestle USA voluntarily announced a recall of Nesquik chocolate powder on Thursday, November 8 and pulled product from store shelves. The recall affects 3 different sizes of their Nesquik. The sizes affected are the 10.9, 21.8, and 40.7 ounce sizes which were produced in October 2012. Check the bottom of your Nesquik container if you have any of these sizes which you have purchased recently. If any of them bear these production codes they are included in the recall;
- 10.9 size - 2278574810
- 21.8 size - 2278574810, 2278574820, 2279574810, 2279574820, 2284574820, 2284574830, 2285574810, 2285574820, 2287574820, 2289574810 and 2289574820
- 40.7 size - 2282574810, and 2282574820
Nestle took the action of recalling this product when Omya Inc., a supplier of an ingredient used in Nesquik, notified them they suspected their ingredient had a possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reported cases of illness associated with Nesquik so far.
What is Salmonella and It's Affects?
Salmonella is a bacteria which causes about 42,000 cases of serious illness every year and 400 deaths. However, the CDC believes the number of actual cases may be 29 times greater than this as many cases which are less severe are never reported.
People who become infected with Salmonella begin to show symptoms within 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps and can last up to a week. Some individuals develop a condition called reactive arthritis and will suffer joint pain, and irritation in the eyes and urinary tract which can last for months and years.
Most healthy people will recover but infants, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and those in poor health are more likely to become seriously ill and sometimes die.
If you or a family member has ever been the victim of food poisoning you know it causes suffering, even when you have a milder case. Those who are seriously affected by a Salmonella infection may require hospitalization and in the most tragic cases die. If you or someone you love has been seriously affected by Salmonella you should call a Alpharetta food poisoning attorney to see if you can recover compensation for medical costs, loss of wages, pain & suffering, or funeral expenses. This is especially important if you have developed reactive arthritis and will require months or years of medical care.
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