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Rice Recall Highlights Illness from Overexposure to Niacin, or Vitamin B3

(Food Safety News) Judging by the news stories that have cropped up in the past 24 hours, Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice is having some problems with niacin, the organic compound also known as vitamin B3.
The problems came to a head on Monday, when Mars Foodservices announced it was recalling a number of products after its Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice sickened 34 students and four teachers at three public schools in Katy, TX. Those victims came down with burning rashes, headaches and nausea for 30 to 90 minutes before the symptoms subsided.
At this point, investigators are suspecting the students and teachers fell ill from overexposure to niacin, which can cause such symptoms in overabundance.
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