Genki Sushi restaurants are a possible source of the hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that has sickened over 160 people. Restaurants on Oahu and Kauai have been temporarily closed on order from the State of Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH).

Fred Pritzker
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After months of investigation, HDOH has determined that source of the hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii is most likely imported, frozen scallops served at the restaurant. In a press release, HDOH stated:

“Based on evidence gathered and analyzed during an extensive investigation spanning almost two months, the Hawaii State Department of Health has determined a strong association between a majority of the cases in the Hepatitis A outbreak first announced by the department on July 1, 2016. Investigation findings implicate frozen imported scallops served raw at Genki Sushi Restaurants as the likely source of Hepatitis A infection.”

“The restaurants have been closed tonight [Monday, July 15] to prevent any further interest and to protect the public.”

HDOH also put an embargo on the frozen scallops, which were distributed by Koha Oriental Foods and True World Foods in Hawaii. The embargo restricts their use, sale or distribution.

Onset of illness ranges from June 12 to August 1, 2016. Most of the people sickened live on Oahu, where Genki Sushi has several restaurants. There is one on Kauai. There are also people sickened who live on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui, and one visitor who fell ill is from the mainland.

Our law firm is investigating this outbreak. Victims of this outbreak may have the right to sue the restaurant for compensation.

At least one employee from the following food service business(es) has been diagnosed with hepatitis A during this outbreak. Acccording to HDOH, “This list does not indicate these businesses are sources of this outbreak; at this time, no infections have been linked to exposure to these businesses. The likelihood that patrons of these businesses will become infected is very low. However, persons who have consumed food or drink products from these businesses during the identified dates of service should contact their healthcare provider for advice and possible preventive care.”

BusinessIslandLocationDates of Service
Baskin-RobbinsOahuWaikele CenterJune 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 27, 30, and July 1 and 3, 2016
Chili’sOahuKapolei (590 Farrington Highway)July 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, and 27, 2016
Costco BakeryOahuHawaii KaiJune 16-20, 2016
Hawaiian AirlinesFlight listJuly 1-26, 2016
Sushi ShionoHawaiiWaikoloa Beach Resort, Queen’s MarketPlace (69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive)July 5-8, 11-15, and 18-21, 2016
Taco BellOahuWaipio (94-790 Ukee Street)June 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, and July 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 11, 2016
Tamashiro MarketOahuKalihi (802 N. King Street)July 2, 4, 6–8, 11–13, 15–19, and 23, 2016
Papa John’s WaipahuOahuWaipahu (94-1021 Waipahu Street)July 23-24, and Aug. 2, 2016
New Lin Fong bakeryOahuChinatown (1132 Maunakea Street)July 20, 22-23, 25, 27, 29-30, and Aug. 1, 3, and 5-6, 2016
Hepatitis A Virus
This virus enters an organism by ingestion of water and food contaminated by human feces, and reaches the liver through the bloodstream.