Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Friday, January 21, 2000

CORNYN FILES SUIT AGAINST FOOD WAREHOUSES FOR UNSANITARY CONDITIONS

Action taken against wholesale food warehouses in Irving and Plano

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the filing of lawsuits against two wholesale food companies found to be operating under unsanitary conditions. The lawsuits are filed against Everspring Enterprises, Inc., located in Irving, and Southern Star Distributors I, LTD, a Texas limited partnership, and Southern Star Management, LLC, located in Plano.

Even after repeated inspections by the Texas Department of Health, the two companies failed to remedy numerous deficiencies including live rodents and insects among food, as well as unclean premises.

The lawsuits allege that the companies failed to correct noted deficiencies and did not protect food products from contamination. As a result, the companies are alleged to have violated the Texas Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The Attorney General is seeking a court order to stop the alleged unhealthy and unsanitary conditions as well as civil penalties in the amount of $25,000 per violation and money to cover the costs of the State's investigations and attorneys fees.

The lawsuits were filed, at the request of the Commissioner of Health, in State District Courts in Dallas and Collin Counties. The alleged violations for each company include: