(SAN ANTONIO) -- A San Antonio produce processing plant was ordered shut down by the Texas Department of State Health Services after tainted celery was linked to several cases of listeriosis, which can cause serious illness and death.
Texas has reported ten cases of the disease over the past eight months that were connected to chopped celery that came from the SanGar Produce & Processing Co. and sold to hospitals, restaurants and schools.
In five instances, people died from listeriosis, which can take anywhere from three to seventy days for symptoms to appear. Those sickened experience fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting. It normally affects the elderly, the very young, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.
Texas health officials also believe the contamination may have spread to other fruits and vegetables because of a condensation leak over food areas that exposed the produce to listeriosis.
SanGar has defended its safety record on its website but has made no direct comment about this latest food-borne illness.
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