Put down the Slim-Fast can -- regardless of flavor, sell-by date, etc.
It contains the usual "discard immediately," "contact the company ... for a full refund" advice. It also includes a list of the specific products being recalled, but there may be no need to check. The notice also says this:
"The recall involves all Slim-Fast RTD products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number."
Don't be too alarmed if you've already consumed such products, especially if it was more than a day ago. Food poisoning with Bacillus cereus hits fast, but is short-lived and relatively mild. For the latter reasons, it usually passes under the radar screen of public health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports only a few cases a year.
Here's what the FDA has to say about Bacillus cereus. And there's this from Todar's Online Textbook of Bacteriology. The operative words in both references are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and vomiting.
-- Tami Dennis
Photo: An electron micrograph image of Bacillus cereus.
Credit: Associated Press