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Contamination: Unilever recalls all Slim-Fast canned drinks


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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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  • gputscher 5 years ago

    Thanks for the informative article.

  • Dawn 5 years ago

    Thank you for this well written article. I wonder if anything in a can is safe these days, and even though my logic tells me it is, in the back of my mind I always ask myself "is this one of those things they will discover was actually deadly a hundred years from now?". I'm glad I read this, I'm often tempted to try slimfast, but I have a juicer that makes awesome slushies and milkshakes so Im better off.

  • Katrina, Atlanta Alternative Spirituality Examiner 5 years ago

    Oh wow! Thank you for writing this article. I haven't seen anything locally informing us here of this recall. Gotta go check my pantry...

  • DrStarbuck 5 years ago

    Wow.. I hadn't even heard this on the news. Thanks for getting the info out there!

  • Winona Cooking Examiner 5 years ago

    Thank you for a great alert on a very commonly used product. In our area there were no news articles on this recall. Great article and information to pass on to all who purchase this product.

  • Roberta Baxter Eugene, OR. Dogs Examiner 5 years ago

    Tx for the education on this product. Even though I don't use it, I can pass this on to others. Well composed!