Kapowsin Meats Inc. of Graham, Wash. has issued a recall for whole roaster hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased these hogs should not eat or serve this meat as Salmonella can cause serious illness and death.
At the time of the recall, three confirmed cases Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- infection had been reported. All three of those sickened reported eating meat from Kapowsin whole roaster hogs before they became ill.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, diarrhea that can be bloody, abdominal cramping and fever. They usually develop between six and 72 hours after exposure and last about a week. In this outbreak, those who became ill reported onset of symptoms beginning between July 5 to July 7.
Last year, Kapowsin whole hogs were linked to a Salmonella outbreak caused by an antibiotic resistant strain of Salmonella I 4,,12:i:-. That outbreak, which sickened 192 people in five states, hospitalized 30 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Results of tests to determine if this strain in this outbreak is antibiotic resistant are still pending.
On July, 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) issued a public health alert for the whole roaster hogs. The following day, Kapowsin issued the recall of 11,658 pounds of pork products. They are boxed and bagged in various weights with “EST. 1628M” appearing inside the USDA mark of inspection and sold in Washington.