DSHS Warns of Recalled Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Products

News Release
February 9, 2014

News Release
February 9, 2014

The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging peopleto be aware of a recent nationwide recall of 5- and 25-pound bags of UncleBen's infused rice products that were distributed in Texas and possibly otherstates.

The company issued the voluntary recall Feb. 7 following a cluster of mildillness reported late last week among Katy schoolchildren and staff after theyate the rice at school lunch. Reported symptoms included burning, itchingrashes, headaches and nausea. The symptoms appeared shortly after eating theproduct and passed within 30 to 90 minutes. The cause of the illness isundetermined at this time.

The recall is for large-sized bags packaged primarily for institutionalsettings like schools, nursing homes, hospitals and prisons, but the productsalso have been sold to consumers online and at certain warehouse clubretailers.

People should not eat any of the recalled products and should discard any theyhave on hand.

The recalled rice was sold in bags labeled with the Uncle Ben's brand. Therecall includes all of the following, regardless of lot numbers, produced sinceJan. 1, 2013:

  • Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (5- and25-pound bags)
  • Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Garlic and Butter Flavor (5-poundbags)
  • Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Mexican Flavor (5- and 25-pound bags)
  • Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Pilaf (5-pound bags)
  • Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Saffron Flavor (5-pound bags)
  • Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Cheese Flavor (5-pound bags)
  • Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Spanish Flavor (25-pound bags

DSHS is not aware of any serious illness or hospitalizations associated withthe recalled products. DSHS is coordinating with the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration on the recall and investigation and is working to ensure peopleare aware of the recall.

A separate, earlier recall by the company was issued Jan. 2 and included UncleBen's Infused Rice Mexican Flavor.

People who have questions about the recall can call contact thecompany or the retail location of purchase. Institutions and retailers shouldcontact their distributors.

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(Media Contact: Carrie Williams, Director of Media Relations,512-776-7119, carrie.williams@dshs.state.tx.us)