Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

SanGar Fresh Cut Produce

Maryland Casualty Tries to Escape Listeria Judgment

The insurance company for San Antonio-based Sangar Fresh Cut Produce says its own fine print is enough to excuse it from paying a $1.1 million default judgment to the family of a man killed by Listeria-contaminated celery. Hermilo Castellanos, 81, was one of five people who died in Listeriosis outbreak last fall where 10 people… Continue Reading

A $1.1 Million Hit to a Missing Corporation

A Texas produce company has been ordered to pay $1.1 million in damages to the family of a man who died after eating contaminated celery from a San Antonio processing plant. Bexar County District Court Judge Barbara Nellermoe ordered Sangar Fresh Cut Produce to pay medical costs and damages to the widow and children of… Continue Reading

Family of Listeria Victim Sues Sangar Produce

The widow of a man who died from a Listeria monocytogenes infection has sued Sangar Fresh Cut Produce in a Texas court. Elizabeth Castellano claims her husband, Hermillo Castellano, died as a result of eating contaminated celery from the San Antonio-based plant. According to the complaint, Castellano was in a hospital with a previous condition… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Inspection Form 483 for SanGar Plant

Another day brings more bad news for still-closed SanGar Fresh Cut Produce.   This time it was the release of the FDA Form 483 report containing observations of the federal food safety inspectors who were in the San Antonio produce distribution plant from Oct. 14 to 26. It came out after FDA said its own… Continue Reading

Closed SanGar Turns to Independent Lab

After third-party audits turned out to be embarrassments for Peanut Corporation of America and Wright County Egg, the independent inspection industry must be hoping the “third strike” won’t come at a now closed Texas produce plant. SanGar Produce & Processing Co. has its independent lab retesting the San Antonio produce processing facility that Texas health… Continue Reading

Celery Processor Tied to Outbreak Disputes Tests

The president of the company whose plant was shut down by the Texas Department of State Health Services has questioned the validity of tests linking celery processed there to a deadly Listeria outbreak. Kenneth Sanquist Jr. of Sangar Produce & Processing in San Antonio said in a statement Thursday that the state used flawed collection… Continue Reading

Some Advice to Companies in Crisis

Sangar Fresh Cut Produce is in the midst of a public relations nightmare, now that everybody who pays attention to food safety events knows that it is at the center of a Listeria outbreak that may have killed four people. Sangar’s brass is taking a pretty brash stance on its implication in the outbreak, saying… Continue Reading

Texas Closes Produce Plant Linked to Five Deaths

Deadly chopped celery contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes was traced back Wednesday to Sangar Fresh Cut Produce in San Antonio, and the company was ordered to stop processing food and recall all products shipped since January. The order came from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which acted under a Lone Star state law that… Continue Reading