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Rice recall: Uncle Ben's Infused Rice recalled after schoolchildren get sick

Mars Foodservices, the company that produces some Uncle Ben's products, has recalled all of its Uncle Ben's Infused Rice produced in 2013.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Feb. 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM   |   Comments

KATY, Texas, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Food and Drug Administration and Texas Department of State Health Services have alerted consumers to a recall of Uncle Ben's Infused Rice products distributed in Texas, after children and staff at three schools in Katy became ill on Friday.

About 50 people who ate Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Mexican Flavor at lunch on Friday complained of burning, itching, rashes, headaches and nausea, symptoms that subsided after 30 to 90 minutes.

After the incident, Mars Foodservices said that it decided to recall all of the Infused Rice products produced since Jan. 1, 2013.

"Our network of distributors, brokers, and sales associates immediately started notifying their customers and collecting the product," the company said in a statement.

Mars also said that a small amount of the rice could be purchased online and urged anyone with the product to return it.

The recall includes Infused Rice products that were sold in 5 and 25-pound bags to institutions, like schools, hospitals and prisons.

[KWTX, CNN, CBS DFW]

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