UPDATED: Washington Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kapowsin Meats
Officials may have identified a source of the recent outbreak of salmonella in western Washington.
Kapowsin Meats is recalling about 116,000 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with the organism, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. State health officials recently asked the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to send a special unit to assist with an investigation into the outbreak, which has left 134 people suffering from symptoms.
The CDC was able to determine that a link exists between consumption of whole hogs from Kapowsin Meats and onset of the illness. Based on epidemiological evidence, the case-patients have been identified in Washington with illness onset dates ranging from April 25, 2015 to August 12, 2015. FSIS continues to work with our public health partners on this ongoing investigation.
The product subject to recall bears the establishment number Est. 1628 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product was shipped to various individuals, retail locations, institutions, and distributors in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact John Anderson, Owner, at (253) 847-1777.
Updated: FSIS has been conducting intensified sampling at Kapowsin Meats while this establishment took steps to address sanitary conditions at their facility after the original recall. Sampling revealed positive results for salmonella on Whole Hogs for Barbeque, associated pork products and throughout the establishment. 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. The establishment has voluntarily suspended operations.