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Mountain Views News Saturday, November 10, 2012


“What’s Going On?” 

News and Views from Joan Schmidt



Thursday, November 8, 2012 – 

Nestlé USA announced the voluntary recall of limited quantities of Nestlé NESQUIK® 
Chocolate Powder in the 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce canisters. The voluntary recall is limited 
to only NESQUIK Chocolate Powder, which was distributed nationally. No other varieties 
of NESQUIK powder or any sizes or flavors of NESQUIK ready-to-drink are affected by this 

Nestlé is removing the canisters from distribution because the company was notified by 
an ingredient supplier, Omya Inc. that it has issued a recall of certain lots of its ingredient, 
calcium carbonate due to possible presence of Salmonella. Calcium carbonate is used in 
NESQUIK as an ingredient. There have been no reports of any illnesses or adverse health 
effects associated with the affected product. 

To ensure the safety of consumers, Nestlé is recalling selected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder. 
The recall is limited to the following sizes, UPC and production codes of NESQUIK Chocolate 

The affected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder was produced during early October, 2012. To 
locate the production code, consumers should look on the bottom of the canister, adjacent 
to the consumer expiration date. All affected products have an expiration date of BEST BEFORE 
Oct 2014.

Consumers who may have purchased the affected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder should not 
consume it, but instead should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact 
Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679. 

The most common symptoms of Salmonella infection are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and 
fever, which develop within eight to 72 hours of eating or drinking contaminated food. The 
illness usually lasts for four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, 
salmonellosis can be severe or even life threatening for infants, older people, pregnant 
women and those with weakened immune systems. Individuals experiencing these symptoms 
should seek medical attention. 

Nestlé is dedicated to the health and safety of its consumers. For these reasons, the company 
initiated this voluntary recall. We apologize to our consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience 
created by this incident. 

Recently, the 13th 
Annual Lupus Race for 
Life took place at La 
Mirada Regional Park. 
Participants included 
Los Angeles County 
Sheriff’s Department, 
Los Angeles Police 
Department, Orange 
County Fire Authority, 
Long Beach Police 
Department and the California Highway 

 Master of Ceremonies was Go 
Country 105.5 Radio Host Shawn Parr, 
whose loud booming voice and vibrant 
personality set the mood for festivities. 

The race was dedicated to Lorenzo Solis, a 
prior participant who recently succumbed 
to lupus. Shawn introduced Christina 
Kelly, Director for Lupus International who 
thanked all the volunteers and participants. 
She and Assistant Sheriff, Cecil Rhambo 
presented the Solis family with a beautiful plaque. Lorenzo, was “someone who left a footprint in your 
life. He always had a smile, was there when you needed him.” Assistant Sheriff Rhambo felt “honored 
and blessed to run for the Sheriff”, as did LAPD Commander Andrew Smith. 

Blake Norwood (above with Dad) of Placentia won the children’s race and his parents were thrilled. 
As the runners came in, they received medals and warm greetings!



Supervisor Antonovich and Reverend Pat O’Reilly 

 PASADENA— Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented a $100,000 check to the Ecumenical 
Council of Pasadena Area Congregations. The Ecumenical Council has operated 
the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter for 24 years serving the San Gabriel and San Fernando 
Valleys, including the cities of Pasadena, La Canada-Flintridge and Glendale, and the communities 
of Altadena and La Crescenta. 

“Each night, more than 30 congregations and community groups volunteer, provide a hot 
meal and set up the shelter for the 150-200 homeless people,” said Antonovich. 



Scientists at the University of Arizona and in 
California have completed the most challenging 
large astronomical mirror ever made.

For the past several years, a group of optical 
scientists and engineers working at the UA Steward 
Observatory Mirror Laboratory underneath the 
university’s football stadium have been polishing a 
27.5-foot-diameter mirror with an unusual, highly 
asymmetric shape.

By the standards used by optical scientists, the 
“degree of difficulty” for this mirror is 10 times 
that of any telescope mirror ever before made. The 
mirror surface matches the desired prescription to 
a precision of 19 nanometers—so smooth that if it 
were the size of the continental United States, the 
highest mountains would be little more than a half-
inch high.

This mirror, and six more like it, will form the heart 
of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which will 
have more than 4,000 square feet of light-collecting 
area. The Giant Magellan Telescope will lead a 
next generation of giant telescopes that will explore 
planets around other stars and the formation of 
stars, galaxies and black holes in the early universe.

“Making this first GMT mirror required all the 
expertise and experience that the University has 
built up over 25 years of making telescope mirrors 
and a great deal of innovation to push beyond 
previous limits in optical fabrication and testing,” 
said Buell Jannuzi, director of the UA Steward 
Observatory and professor of astronomy. “In 
achieving this remarkable milestone, the team built 
and demonstrated all the equipment and techniques 
that will lead to efficient production of the remaining 
mirrors for the GMT.”

The mirror was cast at the mirror lab from 20 tons of glass, melted in a rotating furnace until it flowed 
into a honeycomb mold. Once the glass had cooled and the mold material was removed, scientists at 
the lab used a series of fine abrasives to polish the mirror, checking its figure regularly using a number 
of precision optical tests.

The mirror has an unconventional shape because it is part of what ultimately will be a single 82-foot 
optical surface composed of seven circular segments, each 27.5 feet in diameter.

“We need to be certain the off-axis shape of this mirror, as well as the other six that will be made for 
GMT, is precisely right, to an accuracy of 1/20 of a wavelength of light,” said Buddy Martin, polishing 
scientist at the Mirror Lab. “Only then will the seven large mirrors form a single, exquisitely sharp 
image when they all come together in the telescope in Chile. We have now demonstrated that we can 
fabricate the mirrors to the required accuracy for the telescope to work as designed.”

The second of seven mirrors for the GMT was cast at the mirror lab in January of this year; the third 
will be cast in August 2013.

The Giant Magellan Telescope will be located on a remote mountaintop in the Chilean Andes where the 
skies are clear and dark, far from any sources of light pollution. At the Carnegie Institution for Science’s 
Las Campanas Observatory in northern Chile, earthmovers are completing the removal of 4 million 
cubic feet of rock to produce a flat platform for the telescope and its supporting buildings.

Wendy Freedman, chair of the GMT board (and Director Of Carnegie Observatories, headquartered in 
Pasadena), said: “The technical achievements at the UA’s mirror lab and the dedication and commitment 
of our national and international partners will allow us to open a new window on the universe. An 
exciting future of discovery awaits us.”

lYou can contact Bob Eklund at:

The Giant Magellan Telescope, against the southern Milky Way, as it will appear when it's completed. 

(Image: Todd Mason/Mason Productions and GMTO Inc.)