published Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Business Briefs: Uncle Ben’s rice recalled

Uncle Ben’s rice recalled

The Food and Drug Administration is warning against eating Uncle Ben’s rice products served at schools, restaurants, hospitals and other food service institutions after children in three states had skin reactions and other symptoms that were linked to the rice.

Mars Foodservices of Greenville, Miss., is recalling 5- and 25-pound bags of the rice. The bags are mostly sold to food service establishments, but they are also available to consumers over the Internet and in some warehouse-type retailers.

Uncle Ben’s ready-to-eat, boxed, bagged and cup products in grocery stores are not linked to the illnesses and have not been recalled.


GM boosts CEO pay

New General Motors CEO Mary Barra will get a pay package worth $14.4 million this year, 58 percent more than her male predecessor, the company said Monday.

GM released the figure to counter reports that said Barra, the first woman to lead a major automaker, would be paid less than former Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. Those reports calculated Barra’s compensation without including her long-term stock compensation, and the company was criticized for paying a woman leader less than a man.

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