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USDA Expands Kapowin Meats Pork Recall

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Elsie Aniekwe2 years ago

According to Food Safety News, the United States Department of Agriculture USDA has decided to expand an August 13 recall of contaminated pork products from Kapowin Meats of Graham, WA.

More Information about the Kapowin Recall

According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Washington state health officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak with 152 confirmed cases.  Thirty-six of those cases have been traced back to consuming whole hogs for barbecue, the agency stated. 

Currently, in the August 27th expansion of the August 13th recall about 523,380 pounds of pork are being recalled in:

  • Several different weights of boxed and bagged whole hogs for barbecue
  • Several different weights of boxed and bagged fabricated pork products, including various pork offal products, pork blood and pork trim.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s FSIS classifies this recall as a class I, rendering the situation a high risk health hazard where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. 

Detailed Description of Recalled Kapowin Pork

  • The public is advised to look for “Est. 1628” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • The recalled products were distributed in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington State to individuals, retail locations, institutions and various distributors.
Salmonella Causes and Effects

The following information was provided by the USDA:

  • Salmonella, the name of a group of bacteria, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States.
  • The direct cause/sources of Salmonella are food, animals and their environment.
  • Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. 
  • The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.
  • Salmonellosis usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.
  • Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.


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