Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Sickens School Children
Several varieties of Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice have been recalled after reports that school children in IL and TX became ill after eating the rice for lunch, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recalled products were sold in 5-pound and 25-pound bags to restaurants, schools, hospitals and other institutional foodservice operations. They were also sold online to warehouse retailers. Uncle Ben’s brand ready- to-heat products sold in boxes, bags or cups at grocery stores are not part of the recall.
The recalled products were produced during 2013 and include: Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor in 5-pound and 25-pound bags; Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Garlic and Butter Flavor in 5-pound bags; Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Mexican Flavor 5-pound and 25-pound bags; Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Pilaf in 5-pound bags; Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Saffron Flavor in 5-pound bags and Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Spanish Flavor in 25-pound bags.
The products are being recalled because children in two states who ate the rice for school lunch became ill. The Texas department of health believes the products may contain too much niacin.
Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Recall
Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products, sold in 5-lb. and 25-lb. bags primarily at the institutional level, are being recalled or potentially high levels of niacin that could cause illness, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The rice was distributed on Texas and possibly other states. Consumers or organizations that have purchased this rice should not use it.
The recall was issued after a group of schoolchildren in Katy, TX became ill after eating the rice. High levels of niacin can cause skin irritations, such as redness, flushing, dryness and itchiness. Sometimes there is also nausea or indigestion. Symptoms appear shortly after ingestion and last 30 to 90 minutes. People liver injury or liver disease are at risk for more serious illness.