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Eating Right Veggie Burgers, which include milk, Food Safety News reported October
31. The label does not list milk as an ingredient. The frozen burgers were manufactured
by Gardenburger and distributed by Lucerne Foods. Safeway was notified of the
situation by a consumer.
October 31, Associated Press
– (Kansas) Three more victims found after explosion
at Kansas grain facility. The bodies of the final three victims of an October 29 grain
elevator blast that killed six people and injured two others were recovered October 31
in Kansas, a company official said. Three victims were found during the weekend of
October 29 and 30, but unstable concrete, hanging steel beams, and other damage had
forced crews to temporarily call off their search at the Bartlett Grain Co. facility in
Atchison. The explosion was a reminder of dangers workers face inside elevators
brimming with combustible grain dust at the end of harvest season. The blast fired an
orange fireball into the night sky, shot off a chunk of the grain distribution building
directly above the elevator, and blew a large hole in the side of a concrete silo. The
search for three people presumed dead — another worker and two grain inspectors —
was temporarily halted October 30 because of fears the building could fall on rescuers.
The Bartlett Grain president said in a statement that workers were loading a train with
corn when the explosion occurred, but the cause of the explosion remained unclear. The
company brought in a South Dakota-based engineer with expertise in such accidents to
help federal safety investigators. Over the past four decades, there have more than 600
explosions at grain elevators, killing more than 250 people and injuring more than
1,000, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
October 30, Food Safety News
– (National) Rite Aid recalls butter cookies. Rite Aid
is recalling approximately 85,000 tins of Rich Fields-brand butter cookies because they
may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus, Food Safety News reported October 30. The
recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on the affected product
because of an uncharacteristic odor. The recalled cookies, sold exclusively in Rite Aid
stores, are in 12ounce tins featuring either a decorative castle or Christmas designs.
Rite aid has about 4,700 stores in 31 states, and the District of Columbia.
October 30, Food Safety News
– (Missouri) Store salad bars implicated in St. Louis
outbreak. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, federal health investigators from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were in St. Louis to help determine the
source and scope of the E. coli outbreak that has so far sickened at least 23 people
across the region, Food Safety News reported October 30. Local hospitals started
reporting E. coli infections October 24 in St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Clair
counties. St. Louis County health officials confirmed the source of the E. coli O157
strain was foodborne, and there were signs a local grocery chain may be involved.
Schnucks stores across the region voluntarily replaced or removed some lettuce in salad
bars, a company spokeswoman said. Three of the infected people who have been