In October, Natural Selection, still under investigation for an E. coli outbreak linked to a single lot of Dole baby spinach that was bagged at the facility, backed out of the deal, leaving owner Wyrick stuck with the 190,000 square-foot facility and no buyer.
Wyrick said the plant, built in 1998, was expanded in 2000 and 2004 to support the Pride of San Juan’s farming operations. He declined to estimate the total cost of the facility.
Church said of the E. coli investigation that the entire plant had been inspected and nothing was found.
“We have good history wherever we’ve been,” he said. “We plan to continue to do all the inspections and food safety things that are necessary.”