by Christina Sarich
February 17th, 2014
Uncle Ben’s rice has been a staple in many American households for years, but now their ‘fortified’ rice variety has been proven to be full of toxic constituents that cause headaches, nausea, and skin rashes, among other undesirable symptoms. The FDA is issuing a recall, just days after the product was reported to be loaded with heavy metals. Uncle Ben isn’t so family friendly, it turns out.
The rice is also full of MSG, toxic arsenic, and synthetic B vitamins. Within the FDA’s recall notice, the public school illnesses associated with rice consumption were mentioned:
“On Feb. 7, 2014, the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) was notified of a cluster of illnesses at three public schools in Katy, Texas. Thirty-four students and four teachers experienced burning, itching rashes, headaches and nausea for 30 to 90 minutes, before the symptoms went away. Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice Mexican Flavor with the lot number 351EKGRV01, made by Mars Foodservices of Greenville, Miss., was the common food item eaten by ill students.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health has also now reported several children getting ill from eating Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice to the CDC:
“On Dec. 4, 2013, the Illinois Department of Public Health notified CDC of 25 children with similar skin reactions following a school lunch that served an Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice product. North Dakota reported a similar incident that occurred on Oct. 30, 2013. Three children in a daycare and one college student experienced flushing reactions 45 minutes after consuming an Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice product.”
The FDA’s recall covers multiple flavors of Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice, including:
- Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (5- and 25-pounds)
- Rice Garlic & Butter Flavor (5-pounds)
- Rice Mexican Flavor (5- and 25-pounds)
- Rice Pilaf (5-pounds)
- Rice Saffron Flavor (5-pounds)
- Rice Cheese Flavor (5-pounds)
- Rice Spanish Flavor (25-pounds)
Ninety percent of the rice Americans and the rest of the world eats is grown in Asian countries where there are few agricultural or industrial regulations. Billions of people depend on rice for calories daily, but many regions where rice is grown are highly polluted. This is part of the reason that Bill Gates invested so heavily in GMO golden rice, though it has proven to be toxic, too. If 90% of the world depends on one food crop, you can bet there is some money to be made in patenting a crop there.
The constituents in rice leading to nausea, rashes, and headaches are clearly the onslaught of toxic chemicals which the body cannot rid itself of quick enough. MSG causes brain damage, arsenic kills rats, and of course, us, and synthetic vitamin B (Niacin) can cause skin rashes and nausea. The more ‘fake’ and ‘chemical’ things they put in our food, the less it can be called food at all.