70 sickened: Pork carnitas sold at Wisconsin Supermercado source of Salmonella outbreak

Pork carnitas sold at Supermercado Los Corrales in Kenosha during Mother’s Day weekend have officially been identified as the source of the Salmonella outbreak that sicked as many as 70 people, officials with the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), and local health officials from Kenosha County, announced Wednesday, June 10th.

Carnitas5A total of seven people had to be hospitalized due to Salmonella.

Health officials say interviews with the individuals who became ill revealed that most had consumed pork carnitas purchased from Supermercado Los Corrales that weekend.

Lab tests conducted by DATCP and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) confirmed that Salmonella with a matching DNA fingerprint was in samples of the product and in samples from those individuals who became ill.

Upon the completion of the investigation, Supermercado Los Corrales has re-opened its entire operation, including where the carnitas were prepared. Health officials have worked with the store to review and improve their food safety protocols with the goal of preventing future outbreaks.