Bacillus cereus may be found in some cans of ready to drink Slim-Fast and Unilever is taking no chances. Empty your pantry or fridge: find out what to do if you are affected by the SlimFast recall.
Unilever reports that 11 ounce cans of ready to drink (RTD) Slim Fast are the subject of this recall. This involves all ready to drink cans of all Slim-Fast flavors, expiration dates, UPC codes and lot numbers. You may have purchased these cans in four, six or 12 can quantities, or perhaps even individually. This recall affects all of the United States.
I Am Affected By The Slim Fast Recall: Now What?
Throw away all Slim-Fast ready to drink cans immediately. Unilever instructs consumers not to return them to the store, where they were purchased. Instead, contact Unilever at 1-800-896-9479 and request a full refund. This phone line is staffed Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern time. During off hours, a recording provides additional information for affected consumers.
I Just Had a Can of Ready to Drink Slim-Fast! What Will Happen?
Unilever reveals that Bacillus cereus may have contaminated ready to drink Slim-Fast. B. cereus is likely not going to cause life threatening conditions but Microbes and Infections labels it as a food poisoning agent and thus ingestion can result in diarrhea or vomiting.
It is interesting to note that diarrhea is the more likely course of shedding that the poison will undergo. As reported by Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, B. cereus in meats and dairy generally results in diarrhea, while rice affected by the microorganism leads to vomiting.
If the ready to drink can of Slim Fast you had earlier today was indeed contaminated with Bacillus cereus, you may not feel any results until eight to 16 hours have passed. The Textbook of Bacteriology reports that it is then that abdominal cramping and diarrhea is likely to set in. On the other hand, vomiting may occur within one to six hours after ingestion. Fortunately, the effects of B. cereus taper off after only 24 hours.
Not the First Slim Fast Recall This Year
In February, CBS News – quoting the Associated Press — reported on the Slim Fast recall involving meal bars that may have contained peanuts. These peanuts were part of a Peanut Corporation of America recall, which was ordered (due to unhygienic conditions) by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The specific products associated with that recall were the Slim Fast Meal Options “Dutch chocolate” and “Peanut butter” as well as the Slim-Fast Optima Caramel Crisp Peanut Meal.