Kapowsin Meats Recalls Hogs Over Salmonella Outbreak
Kapowsin Meats, based out of Graham, WA, has recalled 116,262 pounds of whole hogs for barbeque after 32 cases of Salmonella were associated with the hogs.
Details of the Whole Hog Recall
While the recall was issued in response to 32 cases of food poisoning, reports indicate the Salmonella cases cited may be part of a larger outbreak. According to the USDA News Release, there have been 134 cases of Salmonella identified from April 25, 2015 to July 29, 2015 in Washington.
The products subject to recall are described as “Varying weights of Whole Hogs for Barbeque” by Food Safety News. These hogs were produced between April 18, 2015 and July 27, 2015 and are said to bear the establishment number “Est. 1628” inside the USDA inspection mark.
Although Kapowsin has issued the recall, Dr. Scott Lindquist has said that the source of the outbreak could be from earlier in the production process. It is possible the pathogen could have originated from farms in Washington or Montana as eight out the eleven environmental samples from the slaughterhouses returned positive results.
About Salmonella Poisoning
Although it is one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, salmonellosis can cause severe illness without proper medical attention.
The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. These symptoms usually arise between 12 and 72 hours after eating the contaminated foods and last from anywhere between four and seven days.