Hawaii conveyor belt sushi chain hit by hepatitis A outbreak
HONOLULU (AP) -- A conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain in Hawaii is throwing out food and scrubbing its counters after state authorities identified its raw scallops as the probable source of a hepatitis A outbreak.
Hawaii State Department of Health Sanitation Branch Chief Peter Oshiro said Tuesday that Genki Sushi is being ordered to close its 10 restaurants on Oahu and one on Kauai.
The department on Monday identified imported frozen scallops served raw at Genki Sushi as the source of the outbreak. The virus has sickened 168 people so far. The disease can cause fever, loss of appetite and other symptoms.
Genki Sushi USA Chief Administrative Officer Mary Hansen says the company immediately complied with the department's order.
Customers select their sushi items by taking them off a conveyor belt that moves around tables and counters.