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FDA releases report on Texas plant linked to listeria

 

On Thursday, November 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a report on a recent inspection of a produce processing and distribution facility in San Antonio, TX. Celery from the facility has tested positive for Listeria bacteria that has been linked to the deaths of elderly Texans. 

The report lists a host of health violations at the SanGar Fresh Cut Produce plant, such as a failure to protect against pests and properly clean equipment used in processing. 

Acting under state law, the Texas Department of State Health Services closed the plant on Oct. 20, and the company cannot reopen it until after a November 17 administrative hearing. For the time being, SanGar is responsible for recalling all products shipped since January and must pass multiple safety and health tests before it can reopen. 

To read the inspection report, visit: 

http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/ORA/ORAElectronicReadingRoom/default.htm