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FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consumer Media: 888-Info-FDA
April 28, 1999

SLIM•FAST FOODS COMPANY ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF ONE BATCH OF "CREAMY MILK CHOCOLATE" PRODUCT

Slim•Fast Foods Company of West Palm Beach, FL is voluntarily recalling batch ETMC 9053 B 02 "Creamy Milk Chocolate" 11-ounce cans of ready to drink meal product due to the potential presence of an alkaline water rinse (dilute cleansing solution) in a very limited number of cans. The batch number ETMC 9053 B 02 is clearly printed on the bottom of the 11-ounce cans of this product, which was packaged in individual cans only -- 6 packs are NOT included in this recall.
 
THE AFFECTED PRODUCT IS READILY IDENTIFIABLE AS A CLEAR LIQUID, AND ONLY THIS ONE PRODUCTION CODE IS AFFECTED BY THE RECALL. NO OTHER BATCHES ARE AFFECTED.
 
Slim•Fast has verified that only a limited number of cans produced within the first minute of an eight hour production run may have been affected. However, the Company has taken the extraordinary precaution of recalling the entire batch (ETMC 9053 B 02) of more than 192,000 cans. "Although the clear liquid could be a minor irritant if ingested, there is no health hazard," said Harry Greene, MD, Medical Director of Slim•Fast Foods Company, and past president, American Society of Clinical Nutrition. The Company is voluntarily working with the US Food and Drug Administration in implementing this recall, and has advised all distributors and retail outlets in receipt of the affected batch to withdraw it from sale.
 
The recall was instituted after two consumers purchased the affected product in Centerville, UT. The reports did not involve serious reactions, and there have been no other reported incidents.
 
Slim•Fast products are produced under strict Quality Assurance procedures designed to protect consumers and ensure the safety of its product. All possible remedial measures are being taken to ensure that this problem does not reoccur.
 
Consumers may return any "Creamy Milk Chocolate" product which contains the production code ETMC 9053 B 02 to the place of purchase for a product replacement or refund. Consumers may contact Slim•Fast toll free at 1-800-880-7089 with any questions. Slim•Fast Foods Company regrets any inconvenience this recall may present to its customers.

Harry Greene, Md
Medical Director,
Slim-Fast Foods Company
(561) 822-2815, (561) 308-1700
Consumer Hotline: 1-800-880-7089


How to Read a Slim•Fast Ready-To-Drink Date Code

 

The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.