Body Found Inside Industrial-Sized Fortune Cookie Mixer In Houston
On Sunday afternoon, a man was found dead inside an industrial-sized cookie mixer. The 26-year-old was an employee of Wonton Food Inc., the leading producer of fortune cookies found in Asian restaurants around the world. Its main factory in Brooklyn produces over four million a day. But on Sunday, production halted in the Houston branch following a fellow employee's discovery of the dead body inside the mixer.
Police have no suspicions of foul play, and the employee's identity has yet to be released. The cause of death will later be determined an autopsy at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
The company has had no real issues with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, according to Department of Labor repots. Wonton Food has been in existence since 1973, and in its more than four decades of operation, it does not appear to have had any serious hazards or safety issues. According to the company website, Wonton Food is "regularly audited by [their] customers, and independent third party firms such as Silliker Labs & NSF consistently scoring a 'Superior' rating."
The company's Glassdoor profile is generally positive, scoring three stars across all three of its reviews. Happily, the company provides daily lunch for its employees, though it seems to have a stringent vacation day policy. All reviewers said they would recommend the company to a friend, but with their colleague's recent death, it seems that safety codes might need another review.
All of Wonton Food's processes are automated, with the exception of one line to allow for special flavors or messages to be produced in small quantities. It still remains too soon to speculate as to whether this manual process contributed to the man's death. Given the general lack of information surrounding the case, it is unclear as to what specific sort of mixer was involved in the man's death.