December 7, 2016

Good Vibe Tribe Luau Salmonella Cases Increase to 15

The Salmonella outbreak associated with the July 3, 2016 Good Vibe Tribe Luau and recalled Kapowsin Meats pork has now sickened at least 15 people in Washington state. Seattle and King County state that traceback information about the pork came from Kapowsin Meats, which was involved in a large Salmonella outbreak in 2015. Aa of 7/21/16, four people are confirmed ill with Salmonella infections with the same pulsed field-gel electrophoresis (PFGE) genetic fingerprint as the outbreak strain. Four patients have been confirmed with a Salmonella illness, but the PFGE pattern testing is pending. And seven people have symptoms that are consistent with a Salmonella infection, but no testing has been done. Since Salmonella infections usually manifest a few days after exposure to the … [Read more...]

Kapowsin Recalls Whole Roaster Hogs for Salmonella

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,[5],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 … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Prompts USDA Public Health Alert for Kapowsin Whole Hogs

Update July 22: On July 21, Kapowsin issued a recall for the whole roaster hogs. After a Salmonella outbreak earlier this month was linked to whole hogs produced by Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Washington but no recall was issued, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued a a public health alert. The alert cautions consumers that the whole hogs may be contaminated with the outbreak strain Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Last year, Kapowsin whole hogs were linked to a Salmonella outbreak caused by an antibiotic resistant strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. That outbreak sickened 192 people in five states, hospitalizing 30 of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the illnesses, 184, occurred in … [Read more...]

Officials Offer Info on Roaster Pig Safety After Outbreak

The Washington State Department of Health is working with other public health agencies to investigate an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in the state. Specifically, an outbreak that has sickened at least 15 people is associated with the Good Vibe Tribe Luau that was held on July 3, 2016 at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle. One other person in another county is also sick after eating pork at a private function. Everyone who was sickened at the Luau outbreak ate pork. The pork at the Luau came from Kapowsin Meats in Graham, Washington, according to a news release by Public Health of Seattle and King County. Pork from Kapowsin Meats was linked to a large Salmonella outbreak in the northwest United States last year. PFGE results from samples taken from some of the ill persons in … [Read more...]

Good Vibe Tribe Luau WA Outbreak: Kapowsin Meats Again?

According to Public Health Insider, insights from Seattle & King County Public Health staff, pork served at the Good Vibe Tribe Luau  at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle on July 3, 2016, at which 11 people were sickened with Salmonella food poisoning, was supplied by Kapowsin Meats. That facility was linked to a Salmonella outbreak last year in the Seattle area. That 2015 outbreak sickened at least 192 people in five states. The antibiotic resistant outbreak strains of Salmonella  I 4,[5],12:i:- and Salmonella Infantis hospitalized 30 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of those sickened in 2015 attended events where whole pigs supplied by Kapowsin were roasted. Kapowsin issued a recall of some of their products on August 13, 2015, and then … [Read more...]

Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks 2015: #3 Pork

A Salmonella outbreak linked to pork from Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash. was the third-largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2015. The outbreak, which sickened 192 people in five states from April 25, 2015 to October 10, 2015, was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August. The antibiotic resistant outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- and Salmonella Infantis hospitalized 30 people. Most of the illnesses occurred in Washington. By state, the case count was as follows: Alaska (1), California (2), Idaho (2), Oregon (3) and Washington (184). Most of those sickened reported attending events where whole pigs were roasted before they became ill. Salmonella symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea and … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kapowsin Pork Ends with 192 Sick

After sickening 192 people in five states, a Salmonella outbreak linked to pork from Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash. has ended. The antibiotic resistant outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- and Salmonella Infantis hospitalized 30 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the illnesses occurred in Washington. By state, the case count was as follows: Alaska (1), California (2), Idaho (2), Oregon (3) and Washington (184). Most of those who became ill reported attending events where whole pigs were roasted before they became symptomatic. Salmonella causes symptoms including nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea and fever which usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week. Those sickened … [Read more...]

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