December 11, 2018

After Fatal Accident, FDA Oversees Western Sugar Recall

After an accident killed a female employee of Western Sugar Cooperative’s manufacturing facility in Lovell, WY on January 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working with the company, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a recall.  The woman, who was 28, was killed in a piece of equipment that feeds water to where beets are dropped off by trucks.

sugarThe agency has confirmed that no sugar or molasses the company has manufactured since the accident has been distributed for human consumption. The company has agreed to destroy all products manufactured for human consumption during that time frame.

Some beet pulp and tailings were distributed to local cattle operations as livestock feed and may have been fed to cattle, the agency said. While that feed would be considered adulterated, there are no known human or animal health risks, the agency said. No feed products were distributed after Jan. 11.

Western Sugar has notified all of its customers that received these beet pulp and tailings and is collecting the recalled products. The FDA says it is closely monitoring the recall.

Western Sugar developed and has implemented a sanitation plan for the manufacturing facility. FDA investigators remained on-site to oversee the sanitation process and closed their inspection on Jan. 24. Western Sugar resumed processing sugar beets that evening.



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