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SanGar Produce & Processing Company Chopped Celery 2010

On October 20, 2010, the Texas Department of State Health Services ordered Sangar Fresh Cut Produce, located in San Antonio, Texas, to stop production, and to recall, all products shipped from the plant since January. An investigation found that all ten case patients had recently eaten in hospital settings. Food and environmental samples were collected from the hospitals; these detected Listeria monocytogenes in chicken salad and prepackaged, diced celery only. Traceback of the celery led to an investigation of the SanGar Produce & Processing Company. Listeria monocytogenes was subsequently isolated from plant environmental and product samples. Numerous sanitation and temperature control problems were found. All SanGar products were recalled as it seemed likely that other fresh vegetable products would have become contaminated. All cases had pre-existing health problems thus increasing their risk of infection; there was a high case mortality rate of 50%. SanGar Fresh Cut products were sold to restaurant and institutional settings, not grocery stores.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2010
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Celery Poultry, Chicken Salad
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurants, Institutions
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Sangar
  • Total ill:
  • 10
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 5

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