An interesting story by Brian Gaylord of Produce News was the failure of sale of the Pride of San Juan’s manufacturing operations to Natural Selection Foods in October. Brian wrote:
San Juan Bautista, CA-based Natural Selection Foods has decided not to buy neighbor Pride of San Juan’s manufacturing operations after running PSJ’s processing plant for the past six months. That plant has been identified recently as the facility where Natural Selection Foods had packed bags of spinach under the “Dole” label that were found to have contained E. coli O157:H7.
At a press conference Sept. 28, Natural Selection Foods spokeswoman Samantha Cabaluna said that the E. coli outbreak had caused the company to reassess its financial footing for purchasing the processing plant. In a March press release, Natural Selection said that its intention to purchase the facility was an effort to expand its reach in the foodservice market with specialty salads, herbs and edible flowers.
It appears that the PSJ operation was where Natural Selection Foods bagged the DOLE baby spinach that has been linked as the source of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak.