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Fred Meyer issues bread recall because of plastic in loaves

If you buy bread at area Fred Meyer stores, be advised the parent company has issued a warning and is recalling some of its company-produced bread loaves made at its Clackamas, Ore., bakery.

Company officials say the loaves may contain pieces of plastic. The company has not explained at what point in the process plastic got into the dough. A release said it's continuing an investigation.

A spokeswoman said the Spokane and North Idaho stores may have some of those loaves.

The flagged products are listed below and all have sell-by dates of March 8:

  • Kroger Value Wheat Bread   UPC 11110 02199  22.5 oz
  • QFC Tender Twist Wheat Bread UPC 11110 20231 20 oz
  • Fred Meyer Tender Twist Honey Cracked Wheat Bread  UPC 11110 23004  24 oz
  • Fred Meyer Tender Twist 100% Whole Wheat Bread UPC 11110 23005  24 oz
  • Fred Meyer Tender Twist Wheat Bread   UPC 11110 23006 22.5 oz

Refunds and exchanges can be made at local stores, a company spokeswoman said.

North Spokane Fred Meyer store plans to shut its doors on Feb. 2

Instead of shutting its doors on Jan. 31, the East Francis Fred Meyer Store will close on Feb. 2, the company has announced.

Jan. 31 was the original shut-down date chosen when the company announced the plan last year.

The change better fits the financial calendar that the Porland-based Fred Meyer group uses for its accounting, said spokeswoman Melinda Merrill.

Samantha Stout, the HR director at the north Spokane store, noted that the store may change hours in the final week or so before shutting down. It now stays open until 11 p.m., but could switch to 9 p.m., Stout said.

The closure follows failed efforts by Fred Meyer and the landlord, SMS Associates of Seattle, to agree on new lease terms, Merrill said.

Stout said Fred Meyer would have loved to continue the East Francis store, which has operated there for 39 years.

Business has been steady, and last year that store was voted the No. 1 store in the entire Kroger chain for level of employee happiness and satisfaction, Stout noted. “That reflects that we have some of the most amazing associates and they help make this a successful stoore,” she said.

Fred Meyer stores in Washington and Idaho offering needle-free flu vaccine

The option of needle-free fall flu shots is being offered at Fred Meyer stores in Idaho and Washington, the company announced.

The company press release said “most” Fred Meyer stores will have needle-free and traditional options. You may need to call ahead to confirm, if you're looking for the newer version.

This is the first time Fred Meyer stores and pharmacies have provided the needle-free injections, said Marc Cecchini, vice president and director of pharmacy for Fred Meyer Stores.

Injections use a Biojector, a CO2 gas-propelled system that  delivers medications or vaccines through a sterile single-use syringe.  The system has three components: a durable injection device, a disposable needle-free syringe, and a CO2 cartridge.  The plastic syringe is the only part of the system that comes in contact with the patient's skin. 

After each injection, the used syringe is discarded and a new one is inserted for the next shot.

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