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Rice recall: Popular Uncle Ben rice products recalled after school lunch illness

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A rice recall is in effect for Uncle Ben’s Mexican infused rice products, after Uncle Ben's rice was linked to several illnesses among children in Texas who ate the rice as part of their school lunches.

According to the Feb. 10 press announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Out of an abundance of caution, the FDA is warning food service companies and consumers not to use any Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products sold in 5- and 25-pound bags.”

A cluster of illnesses has been traced back to contaminated rice, reports the FDA. Included in the recall are all infused rice products, many of which were sold to “restaurants, schools, hospitals and other commercial establishments.”

Uncle Ben’s Brand Ready to Heat, Boxed, Bag or Cup products sold at grocery stores and other retail outlets are not being recalled at this time.

On Feb. 7, the FDA said thirty-four students and four teachers at three public schools in Katy, Texas, “experienced burning, itching rashes, headaches and nausea for 30 to 90 minutes, before the symptoms went away.”

Similar reactions were reported in December in Illinois and North Dakota.

For a complete list of the items included in the recall, see the FDA press alert.

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