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Giant issues bread warning

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

Giant Food Inc. is alerting customers that certain packages of its Giant brand bread sold Wednesday and early yesterday might contain fine sand-like particles.

The bread is identified with codes "Thu," "Fri," or "Sat" written on the plastic fasteners.

The bread was removed from shelves at Giant stores early yesterday.

Mark E. Roeder, a Giant spokesman, said the grocery chain received about a dozen calls from consumers yesterday alerting it to the problem. Customers reported that the bread had a grainy texture.

Barry F. Scher, vice president of public affairs for Giant, said customers complained about the gritty taste of the bread and that none reported any illness.

The problem originated in the company's flour silo in Silver Spring and Giant is trying to determine how the particles got into the bread, which was baked on Wednesday.

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