Mars Foodservices of Greenville, Miss., is recalling five- and 25-pound bags of Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products. Uncle Ben’s products sold in supermarkets and other retail outlets are not involved. Although the recalled product is not typically marketed to individual consumers, it may be available over the Internet and at warehouse-type retailers.
A statement from Mars Foodservices said the illnesses may be related to high levels of niacin, or Vitamin B3, in the rice.
Enrichment of rice with niacin is required under federal and state standards, it said. Overexposure to niacin can lead to skin reactions such as redness, flushing, itching and dry skin, an FDA spokeswoman said. Very large doses can cause indigestion and nausea. The FDA did not have confirmation that excess niacin was the cause of the Texas incident.