UPDATED: Gills, retailers expand recall; listeria found at plant

07/26/2012 10:12:00 AM
Coral Beach

Gills continues to operate another processing facility in a separate building from the plant that is temporarily closed, according to Philpott.

“They are running extra shifts, but orders are a bit behind,” Philpott said. “Gills is working with customers to arrange deliveries and meet orders.”

As of July 31, Philpott said the Gills processing facility remained closed while investigators still looked for the source of the contamination. The second facility continues to run extra shifts, but Philpott said gills is probably not meeting all of the demand for some retail and specialty product orders.

"Steve Gill has said it will take as long as it takes to resolve the problem," Philpott said.

Oxnard, Calif.-based Gillis voluntarily expanded the recall July 25 to include “all products processed in that facility and which may still be in the marketplace.”

“We’ve identified the problem, and we are taking aggressive actions to prevent this from happening again,” company president Steve Gill said in the recall notice.

The actions include forming a panel of food safety experts and microbiologists with expertise in listeria control; expanding required microbial surveillance and sanitation programs; and continued testing.

“They also have a team looking at possibly redesigning the facility,” Philpott said.”

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Nick Dulcich    
Delano Ca  |  July, 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM

It sure seems that processed foods and organicly grown food are respopnsible for 90 percent of the food safety issues that are happening lately. This makes sense as both of those catergories have grown in the last 5 years. I think it would be a good idea to give them a closer look, when they are having an audit. Perhaps they need a bi-monthly audit?

Ben Mark    
USA  |  July, 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Audits are worthless as we see again, even if the are bi-monthly. What is happen in the time between? Read on their website they do everything for food safety!?!. If this is true, why do they have contaminated food on the market? Why does a company with responsibility to their buyers and the consumers put out contaminated food at all, waiting if somebody get sick, dies or again as in this case an inspector in a retail store finds contaminated food? What about test and hold? Where is the traceup from the first day on to get everything off the market in hours?

Florida  |  July, 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM

If you are going to go through the trouble of preparing a meal, why not simply cut your own fresh onions? It is really really really easy to slice and dice fruits and vegetables. It's so absurd to pay double/triple/quadruple the value of the product just to get it pre-cut. Lazy people are lazy.

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