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Study: Lawsonia May Cause Pigs to Shed More Salmonella


Earlier this year, at least 152 people in Washington state were infected with multidrug-resistant Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork produced by Kapowsin Meats. According to federal estimates, pork is the source of about 8 percent of Salmonella illnesses in the U.S. Scientists interested in finding ways to control Salmonella in pigs first want to know what might… Continue Reading

USDA Expands Pork Recall Linked to 152 Confirmed Cases of Salmonella


The original Aug. 13 recall of pork products from Kapowin Meats of Graham, WA, was for approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Now, in an Aug. 27 expansion of that earlier recall, approximately 523,380 pounds of pork are being recalled in: varying weights of boxed and bagged… Continue Reading

FSIS Posts List of Outlets in WA, AK, OR Where Recalled Whole Hogs Were Sent


USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted a distribution list of 60 retail and distribution outlets in Washington state, Alaska, and Oregon which received whole hogs from Kapowsin Meats of Graham, WA. The product has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak that, as of Aug. 13, had sickened 134 people in WA and… Continue Reading

Washington State Woman Sues Whole Hog Supplier Over Salmonella Illness


Kuivikko vs. Kapowsin Meats Inc. is the first lawsuit filed against a Graham, WA, slaughterhouse for allegedly causing a Salmonella illness that may be resistant to antibiotics. The Seattle lawyer for Tara Kuivikko, a Thurston County resident who is one of 134 sickened in the current outbreak, says that as much as the defendant is responsible… Continue Reading

WA Salmonella Cases Now at 134 in 10 Counties, Outbreak Strain Found at WA Slaughterhouse


The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) issued an update Wednesday, Aug. 12, on the Salmonella outbreak linked to pork products. According to DOH, there are now 134 cases in 10 counties around the state, and testing has found the outbreak strain at a pork slaughterhouse in Graham, WA. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Continue Reading

Before Roasting a Pig, the Pros Advise Food Safety Homework


While summer often conjures up mouth-watering thoughts of pig roasts, if you’re actually contemplating tackling this culinary feat, some homework is in order. And that includes some homework about food safety. You certainly don’t want to sicken your guests, which can be avoided if you play it safe. When you roast a whole pig, your first… Continue Reading

Managing for Salmonella in 2015 Continues to Present Challenges

White Leghorn egg-laying chickens in cages in their hen house.

Despite decades of efforts to control contamination rates, Salmonella has long been the most common illness-causing bacteria in food, and it remains the leading cause of death and hospitalization from foodborne illness in the U.S. Today, Salmonella is still one of the top food safety concerns for the food industry, government regulators, and consumer advocates, and it’s regularly the leading topic at… Continue Reading

Q&A with Ted Genoways on Food Safety in Pork Processing, Part 2


(This is Part 2 of an interview with journalist and author Ted Genoways. Part 1 is here.) Ted Genoways is the author of “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book that explores the wide-reaching impacts of factory pork production and the consequences of increased production speeds. As a case study, the book… Continue Reading

Q&A with Ted Genoways on Food Safety in Pork Processing, Part 1


(This is Part 1 of an interview with journalist and author Ted Genoways. Part 2 of the interview will be posted by Food Safety News on Friday, Feb. 6.) Ted Genoways is the author of “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book that explores the wide-reaching impacts of factory pork… Continue Reading

Chinese Police Arrest More Than 100 People for Selling Contaminated Pork


More than 110 people have been arrested in China for selling pork from diseased animals. The Public Security Ministry said more than 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil produced from the meat have been seized across 11 provinces. The investigation reportedly began at the end of 2013 into producers who… Continue Reading