Salmonella outbreak linked to pork

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

- Last updated on GMT

All were infected with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria
All were infected with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria

Related tags: Pork, Washington

A Salmonella outbreak which has sickened 56 people in eight Washington counties has been linked to pork served at different events.

Investigation shows a potential exposure source for several cases was whole roasted pigs, cooked and served at private events, said the Washington State Department of Health.

The 56 cases include residents of King (44), Snohomish (4), Mason (2), Thurston (2), Pierce (1), Grays Harbor (1), Yakima (1), and Clark (1) counties, according to data as of July 23. Five people were hospitalized but no deaths have been reported.

The source of contamination is under investigation by state and local health officials and federal partners.

Health officials warn consumers who handle and/or eat pork to cook it to a safe internal temperature, using a meat thermometer; whole cuts of pork should be cooked to 145 degrees.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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