Washington processor recalls pork for possible Salmonella contamination
Graham, Washington-based Kapowsin Meats has issued a recall for approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The whole hogs for barbeque item were produced on various dates between April 18, 2015 and July 27, 2015. FSIS says the product was shipped to various individuals, retail locations, institutions, and distributors in Alaska and Washington.
In July, the Washington State Department of Health notified FSIS of an investigation of Salmonella illnesses. FSIS, working with the health department and CDC determined there was a link between the Kapowsin products and these Salmonella illnesses.
FSIS identified 32 patients who consumed whole hogs for barbeque from this establishment prior to illness onset. The illnesses are part of a larger illness investigation. Based on this patter, 134 patients have been identified in Washington with illness onset dates ranging from April 25, 2015 to July 29, 2015.
FSIS, CDC and state health departments continue to pursue this developing investigation.