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Uncle Ben's wholesale rice recalled after rashes

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SOURCE: Mars Foodservices US

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA (PRNewswire-USNewswire/AP) -- Mars Foodservices US is voluntarily recalling Foodservices UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice products, which are only sold in 5 lbs and 25 lbs bags. 

UNCLE BEN'S® Brand Ready to Heat, Boxed, Bag or Cup Products available in supermarkets and other retail outlets are not involved.  Our Foodservices Products are manufactured separately and are sold through wholesale distribution channels.

Mars Foodservices provides products to food service vendors including schools, colleges, hospitals, hotels and restaurants.

Only the following Foodservices products are impacted.  These products should not be served or eaten.  They should be returned to the distributor where purchased. 

UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (25-lbs)

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UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (5 lbs)       

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UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Garlic & Butter Flavor (5-lbs)          

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UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor (25-lbs)                   

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UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor (5-lbs)                     

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UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Pilaf (5-lbs)                                         

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UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Saffron Flavor (5-lbs)                 

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UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Cheese Flavor (5-lbs)                 

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UNCLE BEN'S® INFUSED® Rice Spanish Flavor (25-lbs)                     

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Mars Foodservices US is conducting this voluntary recall as a result of people experiencing temporary symptoms of mild flushing and rash after eating our Foodservices INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor product. 

According to the Associated Press, FDA officials said they found out on Feb. 7 that 34 students and four teachers in Katy, Texas, had experienced burning, itching rashes, headaches and nausea for 30 to 90 minutes after eating the rice. The symptoms eventually went away.

FDA officials also told the AP that 25 students in Illinois had reported a similar reaction in December. Another incident was reported in North Dakota in October.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are removing all Foodservices INFUSED® Rice products from the market.

UNCLE BEN'S® Brand Ready to Heat, Boxed, Bag or Cup Products available in supermarkets and other retail outlets are not involved in this voluntary recall and are safe to consume.  Our Foodservices Products are manufactured separately and are sold through wholesale distribution channels.

Mars Foodservices US will provide reimbursements or replacement product. Wholesale customers should work with their distributors. 

For more information or assistance, please contact us toll free at 800-432-2331 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST) or via email at mfs@usf.mars.com.

Mars Foodservices US is continuing to work closely with the FDA to investigate this issue. 

PO BOX 5059
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA 90224-5059

Consumer Contact: 1-800-432-2331

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