A recall has been issued by Mars Foodservices for 5-lb. and 25-lb. bags of Uncle Ben’s® Infused® Rice products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health departments in three states (Texas, Illinois, and North Dakota) have been investigating clusters of illnesses associated with Uncle Ben’s® Infused® Rice products.
These products are sold to food service companies that usually distribute to restaurants, schools, hospitals, and other commercial establishments. However, these products may be available for purchase over the Internet and at warehouse-type retailers. Other Uncle Ben’s® brand products sold at grocery stores and other retail outlets are not being recalled. Consumers should not eat recalled Uncle’s Ben’s® Infused® Rice products, institutions should not serve these recalled products, and retailers should not sell the recalled products to the public.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment warns of illnesses associated with recalled Uncle Ben’s® Infused® Rice products. Symptoms associated with this illness include red, burning or itching rash, headache, nausea, and flushing of the skin occurring shortly after consuming the rice product. These symptoms usually resolve within 30 to 90 minutes.
Institutions or individuals with questions regarding this recall can call Mars Foodservice Corporation at 800-432-2331. Visit the FDA website for a list of recalled items and additional information.