Graham-based Kapowsin Meats is recalling more than 523,000 pounds of pork shipped to Washington, Oregon and Alaska after food inspectors found that it may be contaminated with salmonella.
The Columbian in Vancouver reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall after sampling at Kapowsin Meat's facility. Salmonella was found in whole hogs for barbecue, associated pork products and around the business. The company has voluntarily suspended work.
The pork was produced between April 18 and Aug. 26. The recalled products include boxed or bagged whole hogs for barbecue, various pork offal products, pork blood and pork trim.
According to the FDA’s website, officials believe that the following South Sound retail location(s) received whole hogs that have been recalled: Michael's Meats & Seafood in Olympia; Western Meats in Tumwater; Stewart’s Meats in Yelm; Dave's Meat & Produce, East Asia and Hong Kong Tacoma in Tacoma; Beef Outlet-Butcher Boys and Blue Max in Puyallup; Home Meats in Shelton; Green Valley Meats and Proper British Bacon in Auburn; and Richaert Meats in Centralia.
The state Department of Health notified the USDA of salmonella-related illnesses in July. Those illnesses were linked to pork from Kapowsin.
For more information about the recall and food safety, go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.