Jan 14, 2014 4:09 PM by Simone DeAlba - Q2 News

Western Sugar ceases operations in Lovell, Wyoming

LOVELL, WYO. - The Western Sugar Cooperative and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have confirmed that they have shut down operations at the factory in Lovell, Wyoming.

A sanitation plan was implemented by the company at the request of U.S. Food and Drug Administration following the death of an employee at the plant on Jan. 4.

In a press release, Western Sugar stated that they have isolated sugar products produced at the factory since Jan. 4. The company said they are committed to meeting all required regulations and standards for food quality and will continue to work with regulators.

Also recalled are agricultural bi-products from the factory that were intended for livestock.

The plant is expected to begin operating again within the next two weeks. The company continues to investigate the incident that caused the death of a 28-year-old female employee.

Anfesa Galaktionoff lived in the area and was an employee of the factory. She was died after falling into a piece of industrial equipment.

The Lovell Police Department and Big Horn County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Western Sugar Cooperative factory at about 9 p.m. on Jan. 4 after a report of a suspicious incident.

Multiple agencies worked throughout the night extricating the victim from the equipment - a lift station where water is filtered and re-circulated in the closed system 200 yards north of the factory.

Sheriff Kenneth Blackburn said Tuesday the investigation is ongoing. He previously said foul play or criminal actions had been ruled out and the death appeared accidental.

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