Kapowsin Meats suspends operations

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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WASHINGTON – Kapowsin Meats in Graham, Wash., voluntarily suspended operations and expanded a recall of the company’s pork products, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture reported.

An initial recall of 116,262 lbs. of whole hogs was announced Aug. 13 over concerns of Salmonella contamination. The company now is recalling 523,380 lbs. of pork on concerns the products may be contaminated with Salmonella I. The US Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered a link between whole hogs from Kapowsin Meats and 36 documented Salmonella infections. FSIS said epidemiological evidence identified 152 case-patients in Washington. As a result, FSIS intensified its sampling of the company’s products while the firm attempted to address sanitary conditions at its facility following the original recall.

“FSIS has deemed sanitary improvement efforts made by the Kapowsin Meats insufficient, and the scope of this recall has been expanded to include all products associated with contaminated source material,” FSIS said in a news release. “The establishment has voluntarily suspended operations.”

Products subject to the recall include varying weights of boxed/bagged Whole Hogs for Barbeque and varying weights of boxed/bagged fabricated pork products including various pork offal products, pork blood and pork trim, FSIS said.

The affected products bear the establishment number “Est. 1628” inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS said the products were shipped to various individuals, retail locations, institutions and distributors in Alaska, Oregon and Washington.
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