WASHINGTON – New Braunfels, Texas-based Carlton Foods recalled approximately 25,764 lbs. of fresh Boudin products that were produced with pre-cooked rice that may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service reported.

FSIS personnel discovered the problem during a food safety assessment that revealed the pre-cooked rice was held at unsafe temperatures. The agency said rice held at unsafe temperatures could result in the products containing an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus, a type of bacteria that can be found in rice that has been stored too long at room temperature.

The Boudin products were produced on Aug. 22 through Oct. 17. Affected products include:

• 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S HICKORY SMOKED BOUDIN”
• 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
• 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S ‘HOT’ PREMIUM BOUDIN”
• 16-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
• 32-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S CAJUN GRILLERS BOUDIN”

The products bear the establishment number “EST. 1943” or “EST. 961” inside the USDA mark of inspection, FSIS noted. Products with the EST. 961 inside the mark of inspection would also have NB printed on the label. “Sell By” dates for the recalled products range from Oct. 28, 2014, to Dec. 16, 2014. The products were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana and Texas.