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February 12, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the illnesses of children in three states in recent months that have been linked to Uncle Ben's infused rice served in schools. The cluster of illnesses have affected children in Texas, Illinois and North Dakota. At three schools in Katy, Texas, 34 students and four teachers experienced skin reactions, burning, headaches and nausea last week after eating Uncle Ben's "Mexican flavor" infused rice.  The symptoms lasted about 90 minutes, officials said.  Similar reactions were reported at an Illinois school in December and a daycare center in North Dakota in October.  Mars Foodservices, which produces the product, has recalled 5- and 25-pound bags of various rice products primarily sold to schools, restaurants, hospitals and other commercial establishments.
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February 12, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the illnesses of children in three states in recent months that have been linked to Uncle Ben's infused rice served in schools. The cluster of illnesses have affected children in Texas, Illinois and North Dakota. At three schools in Katy, Texas, 34 students and four teachers experienced skin reactions, burning, headaches and nausea last week after eating Uncle Ben's "Mexican flavor" infused rice.  The symptoms lasted about 90 minutes, officials said.  Similar reactions were reported at an Illinois school in December and a daycare center in North Dakota in October.  Mars Foodservices, which produces the product, has recalled 5- and 25-pound bags of various rice products primarily sold to schools, restaurants, hospitals and other commercial establishments.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2000
In "The Surviving Brother Is the Message" (Commentary, July 23), Karen Grigsby Bates states that the reason African American William Collins on "Big Brother" was kicked out first and Gervase, the sole black man on "Survivor," is still around is because "white America prefers its black folks cheerful." Wrong, Ms. Bates. America would prefer that everyone, in the words of Rodney King, "just get along." The Big Brother house's reaction to William is no different than the decision of the members of MTV's "The Real World" to kick out the abrasive and always-controversial Puck, a white, blunt-spoken agitator, a few years ago. Obnoxious people come in all shapes and colors.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2005
Thanks to Burt Prelutsky for the courage to point out the emperor's nakedness in regard to the movie "Sideways" ["Oscar, Don't Give This One Even a 'Sideways' Glance," Counterpunch, Jan. 3]. My only disagreement is that it is not the most overhyped movie of the year, simply the most overpraised. If "Sideways" is an Academy Award contender, my Uncle Ben should have been a movie star. He got just as drunk as the characters in "Sideways" but was far more entertaining and insightful. Steven Schwartz Marina del Rey Long after Prelutsky and the usual backlash ilk are forgotten, Alexander Payne's "Sideways" will continue to be remembered as a beloved American classic.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2005
Thanks to Burt Prelutsky for the courage to point out the emperor's nakedness in regard to the movie "Sideways" ["Oscar, Don't Give This One Even a 'Sideways' Glance," Counterpunch, Jan. 3]. My only disagreement is that it is not the most overhyped movie of the year, simply the most overpraised. If "Sideways" is an Academy Award contender, my Uncle Ben should have been a movie star. He got just as drunk as the characters in "Sideways" but was far more entertaining and insightful. Steven Schwartz Marina del Rey Long after Prelutsky and the usual backlash ilk are forgotten, Alexander Payne's "Sideways" will continue to be remembered as a beloved American classic.
FOOD
March 12, 1987 | ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
Back in 1985, the 7-Day Rice Diet was an insert in the five-pound Uncle Ben's rice canister. Today it's available as a paperback, giving both the seven-day diet and 120 low-calorie rice recipes. "The release of the diet in book form was tailored to coincide with public interest in dieting to lose pounds gained over the holiday season," said Betty Wedman, a registered dietitian who was hired to help promote the diet.
OPINION
March 10, 2002 | NAOMI KLEIN, Naomi Klein is the author of "No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies."
When the White House decided it was time to address the rising tides of anti-Americanism around the world, it didn't look to a career diplomat for help. Instead, in keeping with the Bush administration's philosophy that anything the public sector can do the private sector can do better, it hired one of Madison Avenue's top brand managers. As undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, Charlotte Beers' assignment was not to improve relations with other countries but rather to perform an overhaul of the U.S. image abroad.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1999 | (Bloomberg News)
Uncle Ben's Inc., which sells the nation's No. 1 brand of rice, is alleging that Kellogg Co., the world's largest cereal maker, has infringed its Country Inn trademark. Houston-based Uncle Ben's, a unit of privately held Mars Inc., filed suit in federal court in New York against Kellogg's introduction of a Country Inn Specialties breakfast cereal line. Uncle Ben's maintains that it has spent more than $120 million to market its Country Inn line since introducing it in 1985.
BUSINESS
October 22, 1999 | A Times Staff Writer
Mars Inc. has awarded its Latino advertising business to Zubi, a Miami-based agency specializing in ethnic advertising. Zubi will create ads for M&M/Mars, the confectionary unit of Mars and Uncle Ben's Inc., Mars' U.S. food division. Billings are estimated at $15 million. The first advertising efforts are expected to appear in mid-2000.
BOOKS
November 21, 1993
At his last gig in horrid Amsterdam-- City to which Camus consigned the fallen-- Ben Webster, Uncle Ben, then on the lam From Denmark, escaping as always, swollen And rheumy-eyed, spoke in a somewhat sullen And more than somewhat smashed voice to the jam Out front. It was his first speech, and a melan- choly occasion. "You're growing and--" ham That he was "I'm going," he said. No scam, However commonplace, wherever stolen; He said it and he died, and no flim-flam. But it was obnoxious.
OPINION
March 10, 2002 | NAOMI KLEIN, Naomi Klein is the author of "No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies."
When the White House decided it was time to address the rising tides of anti-Americanism around the world, it didn't look to a career diplomat for help. Instead, in keeping with the Bush administration's philosophy that anything the public sector can do the private sector can do better, it hired one of Madison Avenue's top brand managers. As undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, Charlotte Beers' assignment was not to improve relations with other countries but rather to perform an overhaul of the U.S. image abroad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2000
In "The Surviving Brother Is the Message" (Commentary, July 23), Karen Grigsby Bates states that the reason African American William Collins on "Big Brother" was kicked out first and Gervase, the sole black man on "Survivor," is still around is because "white America prefers its black folks cheerful." Wrong, Ms. Bates. America would prefer that everyone, in the words of Rodney King, "just get along." The Big Brother house's reaction to William is no different than the decision of the members of MTV's "The Real World" to kick out the abrasive and always-controversial Puck, a white, blunt-spoken agitator, a few years ago. Obnoxious people come in all shapes and colors.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1999 | (Bloomberg News)
Uncle Ben's Inc., which sells the nation's No. 1 brand of rice, is alleging that Kellogg Co., the world's largest cereal maker, has infringed its Country Inn trademark. Houston-based Uncle Ben's, a unit of privately held Mars Inc., filed suit in federal court in New York against Kellogg's introduction of a Country Inn Specialties breakfast cereal line. Uncle Ben's maintains that it has spent more than $120 million to market its Country Inn line since introducing it in 1985.
FOOD
March 12, 1987 | ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
Back in 1985, the 7-Day Rice Diet was an insert in the five-pound Uncle Ben's rice canister. Today it's available as a paperback, giving both the seven-day diet and 120 low-calorie rice recipes. "The release of the diet in book form was tailored to coincide with public interest in dieting to lose pounds gained over the holiday season," said Betty Wedman, a registered dietitian who was hired to help promote the diet.
NEWS
October 24, 2001 | From Newsday
The Bush administration, fearing that it might lose the public relations war in Muslim and Arab nations to Osama bin Laden, is turning to Madison Avenue for help. The State Department is talking to the Advertising Council, a New York-based nonprofit group that develops advertising strategies for national causes, about crafting a "public diplomacy" campaign on the military action in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.
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