state

E. coli concerns prompt recall

WAYCROSS - Concerns over E. coli bacteria contamination have prompted a Waycross company to recall about 900,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties, federal Department of Agriculture officials said.

The food - from Flanders Provision Co. Inc. - was sold in 2-, 3- and 5-pound packages under the brand names Flanders Bun Buster, Flanders Beef Patties, America's Pride Beef Patties, Grill Master Beef Patties and Value Time Beef Patties.

The meat also was sold in 10-pound packages under the brand names of Flanders Beef Patties, Flanders Homestyle Cubed Beef Patties and Flanders Patty Mix.

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Kmart executives charged with misleading investors

DETROIT - The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday accused two former Kmart executives with misleading investors about the company's financial condition before the retailer's bankruptcy filing in early 2002.

The civil charges filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit allege that former chairman and CEO Charles C. Conaway and former Chief Financial Officer John T. McDonald were responsible for disclosures that were ''materially false and misleading.''

The SEC's complaint charges Conaway and McDonald with securities fraud and aiding and abetting securities fraud. It also accuses them of aiding and abetting violations of rules that require publicly traded companies to file quarterly reports.

- From wire reports