Uncle Ben's infused rice products recalled after 'allergic-like' - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Uncle Ben's infused rice products recalled after 'allergic-like' reactions

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The flavored rice products are sold in large bags through wholesale distributors
  • The recall doesn't involve Uncle Ben's brand products sold at supermarkets
  • People at Houston schools developed mild flushing and rashes after eating the rice
  • The manufacturer says "a limited amount" of the rice is on sale online and at wholesale stores

By Jethro Mullen

The company that makes some Uncle Ben's products says it is recalling bags of flavored rice after people developed flushing and rashes after eating one of the rice varieties.

The affected products, known as Uncle Ben's Infused Rice, are sold in 5 pound and 25 pound bags through wholesale distributors, said Mars Foodservices, the company that produces them.

The recall doesn't involve Uncle Ben's brand products sold in supermarkets -- such as ready to heat, boxed, bag or cup items -- which are manufactured separately, the company said in a statement.

Mars Foodservices said it found out last week that some people at three Houston schools had "experienced allergic-like symptoms of mild flushing and rash" after eating Uncle Ben's Mexican Flavor Infused Rice.

At that point, the company said, it decided to remove all its infused riced products from the supply chain.

"Our network of distributors, brokers, and sales associates immediately started notifying their customers and collecting the product," Mars Foodservices said.

But the company found that "a limited amount" of the rice is on sale through websites and at some wholesale stores.

"Therefore, we initiated the voluntary recall to ensure that anyone in possession of the product is aware that it should not be served or eaten, but returned to where it was purchased," Mars Foodservices said.

The company said it is "continuing to work closely" with the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the matter.

Besides the Mexican flavor, Uncle Ben's infused rice comes in roasted chicken, pilaf, saffron, cheese, Spanish and garlic and butter varieties.

 

The-CNN-Wire

™ & © 2014 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

 

  • Border Patrol Bust

    Border Patrol Bust

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:15:58 GMT
    At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally were arrested in a makeshift encampment in suburban South Texas.They were found in an undeveloped patch of scrub near an abandoned tennis club in McAllen. They were camped under tents and huts camouflaged with mesquite branches and cacti. Some told authorities they had been there sleeping on pieces of cardboard with little food or water for at least a week.It was unclear whether any of those arrested Thursday afternoon w...More >>
    At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally were arrested in a makeshift encampment in suburban South Texas.They were found in an undeveloped patch of scrub near an abandoned tennis club in McAllen. They were camped under tents and huts camouflaged with mesquite branches and cacti. Some told authorities they had been there sleeping on pieces of cardboard with little food or water for at least a week.It was unclear whether any of those arrested Thursday afternoon w...More >>
  • K-9 Coach On Saturday Morning Show

    K-9 Coach Discusses How Easter Could Prove To Be Fatal To Your Dog

    K-9 Coach Discusses How Easter Could Prove To Be Fatal To Your Dog

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:52:05 GMT
    The K-9 Coach joined 3 News Anchor Michael Gibson on Saturday morning to talk about those hidden Easter dangers.  He gave us a rundown of what you need to do to keep you dog healthy and safe over this weekend holiday.More >>
    The K-9 Coach joined 3 News Anchor Michael Gibson on Saturday morning to talk about those hidden Easter dangers.  He gave us a rundown of what you need to do to keep you dog healthy and safe over this weekend holiday.More >>
  • Arrests Made

    Whiskey River Bar Fight

    Whiskey River Bar Fight

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:26:31 GMT
    Police say fists were flying as a huge bar fight breaks out at a popular south side bar.The fight broke out around 2:15 on Saturday morning at the Whiskey River bar which is in the 5700 block of South Staples. According to police, the fight started inside the bar then it moved outside. One police officer was struck in the brawl. Several men and women who were involved in the melee were taken to jail.More >>
    Police say fists were flying as a huge bar fight breaks out at a popular south side bar.The fight broke out around 2:15 on Saturday morning at the Whiskey River bar which is in the 5700 block of South Staples. According to police, the fight started inside the bar then it moved outside. One police officer was struck in the brawl. Several men and women who were involved in the melee were taken to jail.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.