2 Million Slim Fast Shakes Recalled

Slim-Fast Foods Co. today said it will voluntarily recall more than 2 million cans of its milk-based liquid shakes, saying they may present a low risk of temporary gastrointestinal sickness and should not be consumed.

Slim-Fast is instituting the nationwide recall of the 11-ounce cans with the Food and Drug Administration and has notified all affected distributors and retail customers, the company said.

Five consumers had reported temporary gastrointestinal symptoms, but the company added that the risk of serious illness is remote. The cause of the problem is under investigation.

Only Certain Diet Shakes Recalled

The company said that only a number of diet shakes with certain codes will be recalled, including such flavors as Cappuccino Delight, Creamy Milk Chocolate and Strawberries ‘N Cream.

“Our primary concern is always for the health of our consumers who rely on the Slim-Fast brand to meet their dietary and nutritional needs,” said Marc Covent, president of Slim-Fast, a brand of Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever Plc.