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$1.1 million Awarded To Listeriosis Victim’s Family

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The family of one of the five people who died because of Listeria-tainted celery produced by Sangar Produce and Processing Co., was awarded $1.1 million in a default judgment July 26, 2011. An attorney for the family said they had a terrible time finding anyone from the company, which was ordered closed last October, and that when they were able to serve papers, “they just didn’t show up.”

State District Judge Barbara Nellermoe ruled in favor of Castellano’s family, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Hermilo Castellano Sr., died in June 2010, at the age of 81, after eating celery from Sangar, while he was a patient at Methodist Hospital. At least 10 people were infected with listeria bacteria during the outbreak, which Texas Department of State Health Services conclusively linked to the Sangar’s celery. The agency cited Sangar’s San Antonio’s plant for a numerous deficiencies.

The plant was then ordered closed and thousands of pounds of produce distributed to restaurants, hospitals, schools, wholesalers and military facilities were recalled. disclaimer: This article: $1.1 million Awarded To Listeriosis Victim’s Family was posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 7:57 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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