Unilever recalls all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products in cans because of possible contamination

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About 10 million of cans of the diet drink Slim Fast are being recalled in the United States over concern they may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause moderate food poisoning.

ABC News reports that all cans and cartons of ready-to-drink Slim Fast products are affected, “regardless of flavour, best-by date, lot code or UPC number”.

Unilever, which makes Slim Fast, says the recall was prompted by “quality testing” that turned up Bacillus cereus, a toxin that can cause nausea and diarrhoea but is not life-threatening.

A Food and Drug Administration official says the inspection that uncovered the B. cereus was conducted after several consumers complained to the company.

The official says the FDA has received “a handful of complaints from time to time about this product but not recently”.

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