UK recalls Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati for possible glass content

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In the United Kingdom, Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati rice pouches have been recalled over fears they may contain glass.

According to Mirror, shoppers have been urged to check their cupboards as the popular product could be dangerous.

The Food Standards Agency website says: “Mars Food UK is recalling Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati ready to heat rice pouches as some packs may contain pieces of glass.

“The possible presence of glass makes this product unsafe to eat.”

The packets in question are 250g pouches with a range of best before dates – between November 17, 2020 and July 19, 2021.

Anyone who has bought the product have been warned not to eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund or dispose of it and contact Uncle Ben’s consumer care line on 0800-952-1234 for a full refund.

Last month, it was announced Uncle Ben’s rice is changing its branding amid growing concerns over racial bias and injustices.

The current packaging features the fictional character “Uncle Ben” – whose name was first used in 1946 – as a reference to an African American rice farmer from Texas.

But the image used is of “a beloved Chicago chef and waiter named Frank Brown”, the company said.

However, with tension over how race is portrayed across the world, Uncle Ben’s owner Mars has said things will change.

“We recognise that now is the right time to evolve the Uncle Ben’s brand, including its visual brand identity, which we will do,” food giant Mars said.

“Racism has no place in society. We stand in solidarity with the Black community, our Associates and our partners in the fight for social justice,” the statement added.

Mars gave no details of exactly how – or when – the changes will be made, simply saying it is “evaluating all possibilities”.