As was reported in the Seattle Times: “The onus falls back on the person who buys that pork product,” Dr. Scott Lindquist, state epidemiologist,, adding later: “No matter what we find and how we find it, the onus is on the consumer to prevent illness.”
As I would have said if asked: “Consumers and their families should not be the last line of defense if producers can not keep pig feces of the meat.”
Which, if you think about it – it is why there is a recall.
Kapowsin Meats, a Graham, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4, ,12:i:-, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The whole hogs for barbeque item were produced on various dates between April 18, 2015 and July 27, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:
- Varying weights of Whole Hogs for Barbeque
The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “Est. 1628” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product was shipped to various individuals, retail locations, institutions, and distributors in Alaska and Washington.
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 from Kapowsin Meats and these illnesses. Traceback investigation has identified 32 case-patients who consumed whole hogs for barbeque from this establishment prior to illness onset. These illnesses are part of a larger illness investigation. Based on epidemiological evidence, 134 case-patients have been identified in Washington with illness onset dates ranging from April 25, 2015 to July 29, 2015. The 134 cases include residents of Clark (2), Cowlitz (1), Grays Harbor (1), King (84), Kitsap (1), Mason (2), Pierce (12), Snohomish (24), Thurston (2), and Yakima (5) counties.