Sick Children Force Uncle Ben's Rice mix Recall
The Food and Drug Administration had to recall the affected Uncle Ben's Infused Rice served in Texas schools after students experienced burning, rashes, headaches and nausea on Friday. Students at three public schools in Katy, Texas were affected after eating the Mexican Flavor of the rice; the symptoms lasted between 30 and 90 minutes. Two similar incidents occurred earlier in 2013 in Illinois and North Dakota. FDA tests from the Illinois case showed that the rice had increased amounts of niacin, or Vitamin B3. It has not yet been confirmed that the excess of niacin is the cause of the Texas rice recall, as the investigation is still undergoing. Mars Foodservices, the producer of Uncle Ben's rice products, has ordered a recall of all 5 and 25-pound bags of the rice products produced in 2013. Consumers who have purchased the product are advised to either return it to their point of purchase or dispose of it. The recall does not affect Uncle Ben's Brand Read to Heat, Boxed, Bag or Cup products.
By Jordan Moses
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