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      Officials close Texas food factory, order recall

      SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas health officials investigating five deaths have closed a San Antonio food processing plant and ordered a recall of all products shipped from there since January.

      The Department of State Health Services ordered the SanGar Produce & Processing Co. plant to be closed Wednesday.

      The agency says it has recalled cut fresh fruit and vegetables in sealed packages that are distributed to restaurants, hospitals and schools.

      The DSHS has been investigating 10 listeriosis cases, including five deaths, and that six of those cases are linked to chopped celery at the SanGar plant.

      The listeriosis bacteria can cause fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting.

      SanGar president Kenneth Sanquist Jr. says in a statement that "independent testing shows our produce to be absolutely safe."

      (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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