Texas officials have closed a plant at the center of a Listeria outbreak. The company, SanGar Produce and Processing, located in San, Antonio, Texas, processes cut fruit and vegetables in sealed packages, which are distributed to restaurants and institutions.
According to Texas health officials, as many 10 cases of Listeriosis, including 5 deaths in could be linked to the San Antonio factory. Listeria illnesses have been reported in Bexar, Travis and Hidalgo counties in Texas.
Texas health officials linked 6 of the Listeria illnesses back to cut celery produced by SanGar. The San Antonio plant was ordered to shut down on Wednesday and recall everything processed at the factory since January 2010. The recalled products may have been distributed in Rio Grande Valley, Houston and Dallas, Texas and in Oklahoma. During inspection, Texas health officials noted sanitation problems at the plant, including a condensation link in the area where food was being produced.
Listeria monocytogenes is a dangerous foodborne pathogen. Symptoms of listerosis typically include headache, muscle pain, muscle stiffness, malaise, fever, nausea and diarrhea. Listeria is especially dangerous to those with comprised immune systems and pregnant woman. Listeria is known to cause stillbirth and miscarriage.