LISTERIA OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION FOCUSES ON BIL MAR PLANT

CHICAGO -- Sara Lee Corporation, based here, has suspended manufacturing operations at its Bil Mar Foods facility in Zeeland, Mich., after federal investigators indicated the possibility that products made there are the source of a Listeria outbreak.There has not yet been any confirmation that the plant is actually the source of the problem, which has sickened at least 40 people and killed four others

CHICAGO -- Sara Lee Corporation, based here, has suspended manufacturing operations at its Bil Mar Foods facility in Zeeland, Mich., after federal investigators indicated the possibility that products made there are the source of a Listeria outbreak.

There has not yet been any confirmation that the plant is actually the source of the problem, which has sickened at least 40 people and killed four others in 10 states. However, the plant was closed -- and a voluntary recall launched -- a

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