Anyone who purchased Chef's Review nonfat dry milk sold in five-pound bags at Smart & Final stores should not use the milk, because it may be contaminated with the harmful bacteria salmonella, the state Department of Health Services said Wednesday.
Smart & Final is recalling nearly 500 bags of the product, which were distributed across California.
The dry milk is packaged in a brown bag with the brand name in red. Recalled bags can be identified by a sticker on the bottom right of the back panel.
Recalled bags have a use by date of Dec. 14, 2005, and the lot code 425801, or a use by date of Dec. 21, 2005, and the lot code 426501.
The recall began after the product tested positive for salmonella during a federal inspection of the manufacturer, Michigan Milk Producers.
Salmonella can cause severe illness, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most people recover within three to five days, but it can be life-threatening for young children and the elderly.
Consumers with questions should call 1-800-894-1511.