Texas Shuts Down Celery Plant After Five Deadly Listeria Cases Reported

Publication: National Public Radio

Author: April Fulton


10/21/2010 - If contaminated eggs weren't enough, food safety advocates are hoping a small but deadly outbreak may tip the Senate towards passage of a bill next month.

The state of Texas yesterday shut down a San Antonio produce plant after lab tests found Listeria monocytogenes in packaged celery products sold to hospitals, restaurants and schools.

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"We need legislation that prevents foodborne illness before it occurs, rather than chasing after illnesses after people have already gotten sick," says Erik Olson of the Pew Health Group.

Read the entire article Texas Shuts Down Celery Plant After Five Deadly Listeria Cases Reported on the NPR Web site.

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