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Slim-Fast Announces Recall

Dieters, beware: Slim-Fast has announced a recall of millions of its shakes and diet drinks due to the possibility that they could cause moderate food poisoning. Quality testers discovered the presence of B. cereus in some of the drinks, a bacteria that can lead to nausea and diarrhea. Though the company says it has not received complaints from consumers, it issued a statement urging buyers to discard cans and cartons of Slim-Fast “regardless of flavor, best-by date, lot code or UPC number." It is currently unclear how the bacteria made its way into the beverages, and scientists say that B. cereus is more often found in fried rice at Mexican and Asian restaurants. "The company is in the process of identifying and correcting the production issue and will resume production and shipment of the product when the issue has been addressed and corrected," said a statement from Slim-Fast.