All Slim Fast canned beverages were recalled at the end of last week, following the discovery of contamination with the microorganism Bacillus cereus. The bacteria, which was discovered during quality testing, can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Unilever, the manufacturer of Slim Fast, alerted the Food and Drug Administration and voluntarily issued the recall on December 3 in what is described on the Slim Fast website as “an abundance of caution.”
The recall applies to some 10 million ready-to-drink canned beverages currently on the market, and Unilever encourages consumers who purchased any of the 11 oz. drinks to discard them and contact the company for a refund. The recall doesn’t affect any other Slim Fast products, such as powdered drinks or snack bars.