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Late Thursday December 3, 2009, Unilever announced a recall of all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products in the United States and Canada. An estimated 10 million cans of Slim-Fast ready-to-drink (RTD) diet shakes may be contaminated with the micro-organism Bacillus cereus, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Production has been halted, and the company is trying to find the source of the possible contamination.
In cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Unilever states that the recall does not affect Slim-Fast energy bars and powdered protein shakes—only the RTD Slim Fast canned diet drinks. A Unilever press release, posted on the FDA website states that “The recall involves all Slim-Fast® RTD products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number.”
The canned Slim-Fast drinks come in packages or four, six, or 12 cans of 11 ounces each. Consumers who have purchased the RTD Slim-Fast drinks are asked to discard them immediately. Unilever is requesting that these customers call 1-800-896-9479 to receive a full refund.
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