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"FDA says tainted celery linked to San Antonio"

San Antonio Express-News (Picked up by The Houston Chronicle) | Don Finley


"After conducting their own investigation into a deadly outbreak of listeriosis, federal health officials confirmed Wednesday that the source was a San Antonio produce company temporarily shut down by the state.

Sangar Produce & Processing Co. had disputed earlier test results from the Texas Department of State Health Services that found listeria on cut celery, arguing that independent tests by a private lab on the same batches failed to find any contamination.

But the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that it also found listeria bacteria — not only on celery, but also in several places in the building including work surfaces after a visit Oct. 14 and 15.

The strain of listeria was genetically matched to people sickened in the outbreak, the FDA statement said..."

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