|FOOD AND DRUG
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Consumer Media: 888-Info-FDA
April 28, 1999
FOODS COMPANY ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF ONE BATCH OF "CREAMY MILK CHOCOLATE"
SlimFast 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.
SlimFast 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 SlimFast 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.
SlimFast 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 SlimFast toll free at
1-800-880-7089 with any questions. SlimFast Foods Company regrets any inconvenience
this recall may present to its customers.
Harry Greene, Md
Slim-Fast Foods Company
(561) 822-2815, (561) 308-1700
Consumer Hotline: 1-800-880-7089
How to Read a SlimFast Ready-To-Drink Date Code