Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 04, 2009 01:08 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Slim-Fast Ready-To-Drink Meal Replacement Shake Products May Contain Bacillus Cereus Bacteria

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Unilever Canada Inc. has informed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that they are recalling certain Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products distributed in Canada.

Unilever Canada Inc. is warning the public not to consume Slim-Fast ready-to drink meal replacement shake products described below because these products may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus.

All lot codes and Best-By dates of the following Slim-Fast RTD (ready-to-drink) products are affected by this alert (A list of affected products is available at the following address):

These products have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Bacillus cereus may not look or smell spoiled. The symptoms of Bacillus cereus food poisoning can include vomiting or diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and pain and may occur between 30 minutes and 15 hours after consuming the contaminated product. Infants, children and pregnant women are susceptible to dehydration resulting from diarrhoea.

Unilever Canada Inc. is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA will be conducting a food safety investigation and monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Unilever Consumer Services Center at 1-800-896-9479 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time);

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at:

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit our web site at:

Contact Information

  • Unilever Canada Inc.
    Sean McPhee
    CFIA Media Relations: