There's still no word on the identity of a 26-year-old man who may have met his doom inside of a dough mixing machine.
Sunday afternoon, Houston police responded to a call of a dead body found inside of an industrial mixer at the Houston branch of the Wonton Food company. They're the leading makers of those fortune cookies you get at Asian food places. Wonton, which has a huge factory in New York and others around the country, is actually known as one of the leading providers of fortune cookies around the world. It also makes other Asian food under the Golden Bowl brand.
We're still waiting for the the Harris County forensics lab to verity the man's identity.
"The victim, an employee of the Wonton Food Corporation at [2902 Caroline Street], was operating an industrial dough mixer. A fellow employee found the man deceased in the machine," police said in a statement.
No details were available on the kind of industrial mixer potentially involved in this death, but we're assuming it was of the type used at most large scale factories, however, their Houston plant wasn't as large as their others, according to Flavorandfortune.com
They are considered the world's largest manufacturer of these folded crisp cookies. They make more than four million a day in their Brooklyn factory and a smaller number in their Houston, Texas plant. All their manufacturing is automated, with the exception of one line. This allows many parts of the process to be done manually so that small amounts of fortune cookies can be made with special messages. Another reason for small production is to make fortune cookies of unusual flavors such as chocolate, rum, pineapple, etc.
Police said there was no foul play suspected.
The company hadn't had any dust-ups with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration in recent years. And according to the employment site Glassdoor.com they offered employees free lunch. We're hoping the claim of no vacation or sick days for 15 months was an overstatement.
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