The Glendale-based company said it was calling back canisters of the product, which is mixed with milk to create a sweet drink, that were made in October and sold nationwide.
Consumers should look for containers bearing an expiration date of October 2014.
Nestle USA decided to recall the powder after supplier Omya Inc. issued its own recall of calcium carbonate, a Nesquik ingredient, amid concerns that salmonella was present in some batches.
Nesquik hasn’t caused any illness or adverse health effects so far, to the best of Nestle’s knowledge, the company said. But the salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever and, in particularly vulnerable demographics, more severe symptoms and even death.
“We apologize to our consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this incident,” Nestle USA said in a statement.
Earlier this fall, Trader Joe’s and several other grocery chains recalled several peanut butter products and other spreads linked to dozens of salmonella illnesses across the country.