Kapowsin Meats is recalling whole hogs for barbecue because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. There is an outbreak associated with this recall.
The whole hogs for barbecue are sold in varying weights. They were produced on various dates between April 18 2015 and July 27, 2015. The product has the establishment number “Est. 1628” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The pork was shipped to individuals, retail locations, institutions, and distributors in Alaska and Washington. Environmental samples taken at the Kapowsin facility found the outbreak strain of Salmonella.
There is a Salmonella I 4, , 12:i:- outbreak in Washington state. Traceback investigation found 32 case-patients who consumed whole hogs for barbecue from this establishment before they got sick. These illnesses are part of a larger illness outbreak, in which 134 people are sick with Salmonella.
Illness onset dates range from April 25, 2015 to July 29, 2015. The USDA is working with public health partners in this investigation.
To safely prepare whole meat products, they must be cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria. A reliable and accurate food thermometer is the only way to ensure that the meat has reached a safe temperature. The internal temperature should be checked in several places. Check the temperature often and replenish wood or coals to make sure the fire is hot enough.
The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea that may be bloody, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Most people get sick 12 to 27 hours after exposure. The illness lasts about a week. Most people recover without treatment, which is why this illness is so underreported.
But the long term complications of a Salmonella infection can be serious, including irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis. If you have eaten whole hogs that were barbecued and have experienced these symptoms, see your doctor.
The USDA is concerned that some people may have this product frozen in their home freezers. If you purchased this product, return to the place of purchase for a refund.