The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has compiled a list of stores in Washington, Oregon and Alaska that sold whole hogs recalled for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased these products should not prepare or eat them, as Salmonella can cause serious illness.
A Salmonella outbreak linked to these products has sickened 134 people in Washington. Sixteen people have been hospitalized. Who became ill attended pig roasts or other events where pork from whole roasted hogs was served.
Health officials have linked the outbreak to whole hogs prepared by Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash. On August 13, the company issued a recall for whole hogs produced on various dates between April 18, 2015 and July 27, 2015.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. These symptoms usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week. Anyone who has been to a pig roast and is experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor and mention possible exposure to Salmonella.