September 29, 2016

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...]

Details on Multidrug-Resistant Pork Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued advice to consumers about the multidrug-resistant Salmonella outbreak linked to pork products in Washington state. As of August 13, 2015, 134 people are sick with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. Pork produced by Kapowsin Meats is the "likely source" of this outbreak. That facility has recalled 116,262 pounds of whole pigs that may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. If you purchased whole pigs and have stored them in your freezer, do not cook or eat them. The recalled products have the establishment number "Est. 1628" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. It is difficult to roast a whole pig safely, since there are many potential food safety issues. … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Pork Sickens 56 in Washington

At least 56 people in Washington have contracted Salmonella poisoning from eating contaminated pork. Five people were hospitalized. The outbreak includes residents from eight counties who ate the tainted meat at a variety of events. Some people reported eating pork from whole roasted pigs, cooked and served at private events before they became ill. Salmonellosis is an infection that develops when food or beverages contaminated with fecal matter containing  Salmonella bacteria is ingested. Symptoms, which include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever, usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week. In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. These patients can develop a more serious, sometimes fatal, infection that spreads from … [Read more...]

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