Whole hog recalled for possible Salmonella contamination

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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WASHINGTON – Graham, Washington-based Kapowsin Meats Inc. announced a recall of approximately 11,658 lbs. of pork products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Dept. of Agriculture reported July 21.

The whole roaster hogs for barbecue produced by Kapowsin Meats between June 13 and July 15 are subject to the recall.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 1628M” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to various individuals, retail locations, institutions and distributors in Washington.

On July 13, FSIS was notified of an illness investigation in Washington. On July 19, the Washington State Dept. of Health notified FSIS regarding confirmed case patients involved in an illness outbreak of Salmonella. FSIS, working alongside the Washington State Dept. of Health, local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), determined there is a possible link between the roaster hogs for barbecue from Kapowsin Meats and this illness outbreak.

The epidemiological investigation by the agencies showed three Salmonella case-patients have been identified with illness onset dates ranging from July 5 to July 7. The three patients consumed whole hog roasters for barbecue from Kapowsin Meats.

Kapowsin Meats recalled approximately 116,262 lbs. of whole hogs Aug. 13, 2015, over concerns of Salmonella. Following the initial recall, the company voluntarily suspended operations and expanded the recall of the company’s pork products to 523,380 lbs. of pork.

FSIS discovered a link between whole hogs from Kapowsin Meats and 36 documented Salmonella infections last year. 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.

This Salmonella outbreak investigation with Kapowsin Meats is ongoing. FSIS will continue to work with public health partners at the Washington State Dept. of Health, local health and the CDC on this investigation.

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