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Thursday, November 9, 2000

CORNYN OBTAINS SETTLEMENT WITH IRVING FOOD DISTRIBUTOR

Everspring Enterprises Agrees to Pay $500,000 to State

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today filed a final judgment and agreed permanent injunction against Joseph Sun and Everspring Enterprises, a food distributor located in Irving (Dallas County). The suit, filed in January, arose out of an investigation by the Texas Department of Health (TDH) documenting severe rodent, bird and insect infestations among food products and the failure of the company to correct these problems.

At that time, the TDH inspected the facility and noted gross unsanitary conditions, including numerous birds flying through the warehouse and live rodents nesting inside boxes of food.

This led the state to halt all sales and detain product in storage until conditions improved and met state standards. Later that month, a TDH inspector audited more than 1,000 company invoices documenting sales of food products by Everspring during this detention period, an action that warrants increased penalty amounts. Everspring Enterprises agreed to pay $500,000 to the state for repeat violations and for selling detained product.

Today's agreed permanent injunction prohibits the company from selling detained product and allowing conditions to persist that can result in food contamination. Everspring must also take corrective measures to protect against the infestation of vermin and insects.

The company distributes fresh and frozen shellstock and other seafood, frozen beef and pork, fresh chicken and vegetables, as well as canned goods. According to the TDH, recipients of these products include Chinese restaurants in the North Texas area, and in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The case was handled by Joyce Wein Iliya, assistant attorney general, in the Dallas office of the Consumer Protection Division.

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