AUSTIN -- Sunday the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) urged people to be aware of a recent nationwide recall of Uncle Ben's infused rice products that were distributed in Texas.
The recall is for large-sized bags packaged primarily for institutional settings like schools, nursing homes, hospitals and prisons, but the products also have been sold to consumers online and at warehouse club retailers.
People should not eat any of the recalled products and should discard any they have on hand.
The recalled rice was sold in bags labeled with the Uncle Ben's brand. The recall includes all of the following, regardless of lot numbers, produced since Jan. 1, 2013:
--Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (5- and 25-pound bags)
--Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Garlic and Butter Flavor (5-pound bags)
--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 Spanish Flavor (25-pound bags)
Overexposure to niacin can lead to skin reactions such as redness and flushing, itching and dry skin. The symptoms appear shortly after eating the product and usually pass within 30 to 90 minutes. Large doses can cause indigestion and nausea. People with impaired liver function could experience more serious effects including liver injury.
DSHS is not aware of any serious illness or hospitalizations associated with the recalled products.
People who have questions about the recall can call contact Uncle Ben's here or the retail location of purchase. Institutions and retailers should contact their distributors.