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UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Recalled after Children Fall Ill

Allison Denton3 years ago

Mars Foodservices US has recently recalled 5 and 25 pound bags of UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice after children experienced skin reactions as well as headaches and nausea.

About the UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Recall

According to The Courier of  Montgomery County, children in three different states experienced symptoms such as rashes and mild flushing of the skin after eating UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor.

In response, the company has recalled all of their flavor-infused rice products, including: Roasted Chicken Flavor, Garlic and Butter Flavor, Mexican flavor, Uncle Ben’s Rice Pilaf, Saffron Flavor, Cheese Flavor, and Spanish Flavor.

The FDA suspects that the issue with the rice is caused by the high levels of niacin (vitamin B3) in the product. Excessive amounts of niacin can cause skin reactions, indigestion, and nausea.

The FDA is currently investigating a reported issue with UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor that occurred at a school in Katy, Texas. Thirty-four students and four teachers experienced burning rashes, headaches, and nausea within an hour and a half of eating the rice.

A similar incident in Illinois is also currently under investigation. Mars Foodservices US recommends that customers do not serve or eat any of the recalled UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice products.

Description of Recalled UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Products

Information below provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The following UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice products have been recalled by Mars Foodservices US:

  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (25-lb) U3010501
  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (5 lbs) U0257000
  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Garlic & Butter Flavor (5-lbs) U0257100
  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor (25-lbs) U0318000
  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor (5-lbs) U0257300
  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Pilaf (5-lbs) U0262000
  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Saffron Flavor (5-lbs) U0263002
  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Cheese Flavor (5-lbs) U0262900
  • UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice Spanish Flavor (25-lbs) U3012100

UNCLE BEN’S® INFUSED® Rice products from Mars Foodservices US are generally sold to food service establishments, but can also be obtained from warehouse-type retailers and internet retailers.

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