October 23, 2016

Ground Beef E. coli Outbreak Sickens 14 in 4 States

An E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef produced by PT Farm of North Haverhill, NH has sickened 14 people in four states, hospitalizing four of them. A recall has been issued for beef products sold under the brand names PT Farms, Chestnut Farms, Robie Farms and Miles Smith Farm. Consumers who have purchased this meat should not eat it as E. coli can cause serious illness and death. The recalled products were shipped to retail locations and institutional clients in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Illnesses have been reported in each of those states: New Hampshire (10), Massachusetts (2), Maine (1) and Vermont (1). The recalled products have the establishment number “M8868” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were sold in various weights and sizes. Health … [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...]

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