Slim-Fast Consumers Beware: Possible Bacillus Contamination Poses Risk

Unilever, the maker of the popular weight loss drink Slim-Fast, has recalled 10 million cans of its canned diet drinks because they may be tainted by bacterial contamination. According to a report, Unilever believes that the dietary aid may be tainted by Bacillus cereus, a bacteria that can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The recall only affects ready-to-drink Slim-Fast products, and not the brand’s powdered shakes or snack bars.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became aware of the problem and notified Unilever of the possible contamination on December 2, 2009. The FDA is currently investigating the matter, paying particular attention to a production facility in Covington, Tennessee. Customers who have in their possession such canned drinks should immediately discard those drinks and may contact Unilever at 1-800-896-9479 for a full refund.

Contaminated or dangerous food products have the potential to harm unsuspecting consumers. Manufacturers have a responsibility to provide consumers with food products that will not harm them in any way. Any deviation away from this high standard of safety may constitute negligence. In Pennsylvania, if a consumer is affected by a contaminated food product of any kind, that consumer is urged to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will investigate the circumstances of the faulty product and hold negligent parties responsible.

If you have been affected by a contaminated or recalled food product or have suffered a food-borne illness, please don’t hesitate to contact the skilled Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Anapol Weiss. Our injury attorneys will fight to ensure that your rights as a consumer are not infringed upon in a court of law. If you have been affected by a recalled or contaminated food product, call the attorneys at Anapol Weiss today at 866-735-2792 for a free consultation of your potential case.

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