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Hot Dog, Hamburger Buns Recalled Over Possible Plastic Contamination
A package of hot dog buns on July 10 in Orlando, Florida. Flowers Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling hamburger and hot dog buns and other bakery products due to the potential presence of small pieces of hard plastic. Paul Hennessy / NurPhoto / Getty Images

If you're aiming for a plastic-free cookout this summer, you might have to check in an unexpected place: your hamburger or hot dog buns.


Georgia-based Flowers Foods is recalling buns and other bakery products sold at major retailers including Walmart, Sam's Club, Dollar General and Target because they might be contaminated with small pieces of hard plastic, WSIL reported.

The company announced the recall Tuesday after discovering pieces of hard plastic in production equipment.

"Consumption of product may cause a choking hazard," Flowers Foods said.

However, there have been no reports of injury so far.

The recall impacts a number of brand names distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Impacted stores include 7-Eleven, Walmart, Target, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Ingles and IGA, while the recalled brands include Wonder, Great Value, Market Pantry, Nature's Own and Sunbeam, WebMD reported.

The affected products all have best-by dates of July 17 to 19.

Below is a full list of the impacted products. For UPC codes and lot numbers, check the Flowers website or the Food and Drug Administration.

7-Eleven

  • 7-ELEVEN 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS

Bravo

  • BRAVO 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS

CBC Nathans

  • CBC NATHANS 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS

Clover Valley

  • CLOVER VALLEY 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • CLOVER VALLEY 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

Family Style

  • FAMILY STYLE 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • FAMILY STYLE 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

Flowers

  • FLOWERS 12CT BRATWURST BUNS
  • FLOWERS 8CT 100% WHOLE WHEAT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • FLOWERS BBQ BREAD
  • FLOWERS ENRICHED ROLLS
  • FLOWERS RESTAURANT 12CT HOT DOG BUNS

Food Depot

  • FOOD DEPOT 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • FOOD DEPOT 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

Great Value

  • GREAT VALUE 100% WHOLE WHEAT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • GREAT VALUE 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • GREAT VALUE 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

Grissom's Mill

  • GRISSOM'S MILL 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS

Hitchcock's

  • HITCHCOCK'S 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS

Home Pride

  • HOME PRIDE 16CT HAMBURGER BUNS

Ideal

  • IDEAL 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • IDEAL 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

IGA

  • IGA 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • IGA 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

Ingles

  • INGLES BBQ BREAD

Laura Lynn

  • LAURA LYNN 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • LAURA LYNN 8CT HOT DOG BUNS
  • LAURA LYNN DINNER ROLLS

L'oven Fresh

  • L'OVEN FRESH 8CT KAISER BUNS

Market Pantry

  • MARKET PANTRY 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • MARKET PANTRY 8 CT HOT DOG BUNS

Members Mark

  • MEMBERS MARK 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS 3 PK

Natural Grain

  • NATURAL GRAIN 12CT HOT DOG BUNS
  • NATURAL GRAIN 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS

Nature's Own

  • NATURE'S OWN 8CT 100% WHOLE WHEAT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • NATURE'S OWN 8CT BUTTER HAMBURGER BUNS

Oven Fresh

  • OVEN FRESH 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • OVEN FRESH 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

Piggly Wiggly

  • PIGGLY WIGGLY 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • PIGGLY WIGGLY 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

Publix

  • PUBLIX 12CT BROWN & SERVE ROLLS
  • PUBLIX 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • PUBLIX 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

SE Grocers

  • SE GROCERS 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • SE GROCERS 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

Sedano's

  • SEDANO'S 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS

Sunbeam

  • SUNBEAM 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • SUNBEAM 8CT HOT DOG BUNS

WM

  • WM 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS (PAN PARA SANDWICH)

Wonder

  • WONDER 12CT DINNER ROLLS
  • WONDER 24CT DINNER ROLLS
  • WONDER 8CT HAMBURGER BUNS
  • WONDER 8CT HONEY HAMBURGER BUNS
  • WONDER 8CT HOT DOG BUNS
  • WONDER PULL-A-PART BBQ BREAD

A net-casting ogre-faced spider. CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics / CC BY-SA 3.0

Just in time for Halloween, scientists at Cornell University have published some frightening research, especially if you're an insect!

The ghoulishly named ogre-faced spider can "hear" with its legs and use that ability to catch insects flying behind it, the study published in Current Biology Thursday concluded.

"Spiders are sensitive to airborne sound," Cornell professor emeritus Dr. Charles Walcott, who was not involved with the study, told the Cornell Chronicle. "That's the big message really."

The net-casting, ogre-faced spider (Deinopis spinosa) has a unique hunting strategy, as study coauthor Cornell University postdoctoral researcher Jay Stafstrom explained in a video.

They hunt only at night using a special kind of web: an A-shaped frame made from non-sticky silk that supports a fuzzy rectangle that they hold with their front forelegs and use to trap prey.

They do this in two ways. In a maneuver called a "forward strike," they pounce down on prey moving beneath them on the ground. This is enabled by their large eyes — the biggest of any spider. These eyes give them 2,000 times the night vision that we have, Science explained.

But the spiders can also perform a move called the "backward strike," Stafstrom explained, in which they reach their legs behind them and catch insects flying through the air.

"So here comes a flying bug and somehow the spider gets information on the sound direction and its distance. The spiders time the 200-millisecond leap if the fly is within its capture zone – much like an over-the-shoulder catch. The spider gets its prey. They're accurate," coauthor Ronald Hoy, the D & D Joslovitz Merksamer Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior in the College of Arts and Sciences, told the Cornell Chronicle.

What the researchers wanted to understand was how the spiders could tell what was moving behind them when they have no ears.

It isn't a question of peripheral vision. In a 2016 study, the same team blindfolded the spiders and sent them out to hunt, Science explained. This prevented the spiders from making their forward strikes, but they were still able to catch prey using the backwards strike. The researchers thought the spiders were "hearing" their prey with the sensors on the tips of their legs. All spiders have these sensors, but scientists had previously thought they were only able to detect vibrations through surfaces, not sounds in the air.

To test how well the ogre-faced spiders could actually hear, the researchers conducted a two-part experiment.

First, they inserted electrodes into removed spider legs and into the brains of intact spiders. They put the spiders and the legs into a vibration-proof booth and played sounds from two meters (approximately 6.5 feet) away. The spiders and the legs responded to sounds from 100 hertz to 10,000 hertz.

Next, they played the five sounds that had triggered the biggest response to 25 spiders in the wild and 51 spiders in the lab. More than half the spiders did the "backward strike" move when they heard sounds that have a lower frequency similar to insect wing beats. When the higher frequency sounds were played, the spiders did not move. This suggests the higher frequencies may mimic the sounds of predators like birds.

University of Cincinnati spider behavioral ecologist George Uetz told Science that the results were a "surprise" that indicated science has much to learn about spiders as a whole. Because all spiders have these receptors on their legs, it is possible that all spiders can hear. This theory was first put forward by Walcott 60 years ago, but was dismissed at the time, according to the Cornell Chronicle. But studies of other spiders have turned up further evidence since. A 2016 study found that a kind of jumping spider can pick up sonic vibrations in the air.

"We don't know diddly about spiders," Uetz told Science. "They are much more complex than people ever thought they were."

Learning more provides scientists with an opportunity to study their sensory abilities in order to improve technology like bio-sensors, directional microphones and visual processing algorithms, Stafstrom told CNN.

Hoy agreed.

"The point is any understudied, underappreciated group has fascinating lives, even a yucky spider, and we can learn something from it," he told CNN.

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