Dozens of elementary students become sick from recalled cafeteria food

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KATY, Texas (CNN) – Dozens of students at three elementary schools in southeast Texas became sick after eating lunch.

School officials believe recalled rice may have been to blame.

Officials say right after lunch in the elementary school cafeterias, the complaints started flooding in.

Children complained of difficulty breathing, rashes, itching and overheating.

Chika Banor said, “It’s alarming. You don’t want your children being sick from food served in the school.”

District officials say within hours of the outbreak, they tied the sickness to Uncle Ben’s Mexican Rice that was served at lunch.

Authorities believe the 50 children had an allergic reaction.

School officials say they searched the Internet and found out the rice manufacturer had issued a voluntary recall of the product a month before that lunch was served.

The district says they rely on their food distributor to notify them of the recalls.

According to KPRC, the company says they alerted all of their clients about the move.

However, the district claims it never received that alert.

Now, they are trying to figure out what happened and who is at fault.

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