Celery Contamination Forces Closure Of Texas Processing Plant

By: AP
By: AP

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas health officials investigating five
deaths have closed a San Antonio food processing plant and ordered
a recall of all products shipped from there since January.

The Department of State Health Services ordered the SanGar
Produce & Processing Co. plant to be closed Wednesday.

The agency says it has recalled cut fresh fruit and vegetables
in sealed packages that are distributed to restaurants, hospitals
and schools.

The DSHS has been investigating 10 listeriosis cases, including
five deaths, and that six of those cases are linked to chopped
celery at the SanGar plant.

The listeriosis bacteria can cause fever, muscle aches, diarrhea
and vomiting.

SanGar president Kenneth Sanquist Jr. says in a statement that
"independent testing shows our produce to be absolutely safe."

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