4 Deaths tied to Texas Food Recall
October 21, 2010 - Oklahoma health officials are investigating the shut down of a Texas food processing plant and recall of products shipped from there since January. Texas health officials investigating four deaths closed SanGar Produce & Processing Co. today and ordered the recall of fresh cut fruit and vegetables. This comes after state laboratory results showed Listeria monocytogenes - a bacteria that can cause severe illness - in chopped celery at the plant. The products were distributed to restaurants, hospitals, and schools.
According to a department spokesperson, four people died after contracting listeriosis after consuming celery that had been processed at the SanGar plant. State health authorities came to this determination while investigating 10 cases in which people with serious underlying health problems contracted listeriosis over an 8-month period.
State health inspectors said they believe the bacteria found in the chopped celery may have contaminated other products at the company's plant. Sangar processes a wide variety of products -- including three varieties of lettuce, peppers, carrots, cucumbers and various cut-up fruit, as well as salad, fruit and soup mixes.
The Texas health department is taking the lead in the investigation, with assistance from the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC. The state justified its closure of the Sangar plant, citing Texas law that authorizes such actions if conditions pose "an immediate and serious threat to human life or health."
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