The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has ordered all Oahu and Kauai Genki Sushi locations to close immediately after a Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu was linked to imported frozen scallops served raw at the restaurants.
Frozen Ahi Sold on Oahu Tests Positive for Hep A
Imported frozen raw tuna or ahi cubes distributed by Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC on Oahu have tested positive for hepatitis A, the DOH warned Tuesday. Affected products were produced in Indonesia and used to prepare ahi poke sold between April 27 and May 1.
What’s the Problem?
August 15, 2016 – To date, at least 228 people (mostly in Oahu) have been infected in the worst hepatitis outbreak in over 20 years in Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Department of Health.
“The Department of Health has determined the Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu is likely due to imported frozen scallops served raw at Genki Sushi Restaurants on Oahu and Kauai,” health officials said. “The restaurants have been closed tonight to prevent any further illness and protect the public.”
Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that causes liver disease and inflammation of the liver. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.
Investigators announced last week that they believe the likely source of the outbreak is a food or drink product brought to Oahu and distributed there. There are 10 Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and 1 on Kauai.
284 Sickened in Genki Sushi Hepatitis Outbreak
September 30, 2016 – The Hepatitis A outbreak linked to raw scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants has now sickened at least 241 people, according to Hawaii News Now. The state health department said that all of the hepatitis cases have been in adults, who fell ill from June 12 to August 16. At least 64 people have required hospitalization, and all but 14 of those sickened are Oahu residents.
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Hepatitis Outbreak
August 25, 2016 – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Genki Sushi over a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to contaminated scallops served at the company’s restaurants in Oahu and Kauai. The complaint was filed yesterday in First Circuit Court; Plaintiffs include everybody who consumed food or drink at Genki Sushi restaurants from April through August, and who obtained a Hepatitis A vaccination or an immune globulin shot.
FDA Confirms Imported Scallops as Source of Genki Sushi Hepatitis Outbreak
August 19, 2016 – Laboratory tests conducted by the FDA have confirmed that imported Sea Port Scallops (Wild Harvest, Raw Frozen) served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai were contaminated with hepatitis A. The contaminated scallops were produced in the Philippines by De Oro Resources Incorporated and imported by Washington-based Sea Port Products Corporation, according to FOX News. The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed at least 206 cases of hepatitis A linked to the outbreak.
Oahu Man Files Hepatitis Lawsuit Against Genki Sushi
August 18, 2016 – A man from Oahu, HI, has filed a lawsuit against Genki Sushi Restaurant and Koha Foods, who sold and imported scallops linked to the ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak on the Hawaiian Islands. Plaintiff Brant Mauk was sickened with flu-like symptoms in late June after eating at Genki Sushi. He went to the hospital where tests confirmed the disease, was given a vaccine and sent home on July 7. Unfortunately, Mauk was hospitalized again the same day for worsening symptoms. In total, Mauk spent a week in the hospital and is still recovering, according to the lawsuit.
Do I Have a Genki Sushi Lawsuit?
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