|TO:||DDS Regional Directors, STS Director, CTH Coordinators, Private Providers, CO Quality Management Personnel|
|FROM:||Daniel A. Micari, Director, Quality Management Services|
|DATE:||February 14, 2014|
|RE:||FOOD RECALL ADVISORY: FDA warns against using Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice. Mars Food services recalls all lot numbers of Infused Rice linked to recent illness in Texas|
Food Recall Advisory: On February 10, 2014 the US Food and Drug Administration announced a warning to food service companies and consumers not to use any Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products sold in 5- and 25-pound bags. These products are sold to food service companies that typically distribute to restaurants, schools, hospitals and other commercial establishments. However, the products may be available over the Internet and at warehouse-type retailers. Food service companies and consumers who have purchased the products should not use the rice, and should return it to their point of purchase or dispose of it. Uncle Ben’s Brand Ready to Heat, Boxed, Bag or Cup products sold at grocery stores and other retail outlets are not being recalled.
See the attached web link for further information. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm385299.htm
Please ensure those responsible for food procurement and preparation are aware of this food recall advisory. Also review your food stores to determine whether or not the identified products are present. If the identified products are present, address appropriately.