FSIS has been conducting intensified sampling at Kapowsin Meats while this establishment took steps to address sanitary conditions at their facility after the original recall on Aug. 13. Sampling revealed positive results for Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- on Whole Hogs for Barbeque, associated pork products and throughout the establishment. FSIS has deemed sanitary improvement efforts made by the Kapowsin Meats insufficient, and the scope of this recall has been expanded to include all products associated with contaminated source material. The establishment has voluntarily suspended operations.
The whole hogs and associated items were produced on various dates between April 18, 2015 and Aug. 26, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:
- Varying weights of boxed/bagged Whole Hogs for Barbeque
- Varying weights of boxed/bagged fabricated pork products including various pork offal products, pork blood and pork trim.
On July 15, 2015, the Washington State Department of Health notified FSIS of an investigation of Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- illnesses. Working in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FSIS determined that there is a link between whole hogs for barbeque and pork products from Kapowsin Meats and these illnesses. Traceback investigation has identified 36 case-patients who consumed whole hogs for barbeque or pork products from this establishment prior to illness onset. These illnesses are part of a larger illness investigation. Based on epidemiological evidence, 152 case-patients have been identified in Washington with illness onset dates ranging from April 25 to Aug. 12. FSIS continues to work with public health partners on this ongoing investigation.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.