Make Our Food Safe
10/21/2010

"San Antonio produce plant closed by health agency"

San Antonio Express-News (Picked up by The Houston Chronicle) | Richard A. Marini

 

"Texas health department officials investigating five deaths linked to tainted celery have closed a San Antonio produce company.

The Sangar Produce & Processing Co. on Thursday questioned the way the Department of State Health Services tested its celery, which it found contaminated with a bacteria that can cause the foodborne illness listeriosis.

A spokeswoman for the state agency defended the department's practices and said it stands by its decision to close the plant and recall of all of the company's products shipped from there since January.

Over the past 10 months, 10 people in Bexar, Travis and Hidalgo counties have fallen ill after consuming celery tainted with the bacterium Listeria monocytogene..."

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