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Hawaii health department will issue updated recall list

Glenn Chu Glenn Chu
Gary Gill Gary Gill

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A day after a recall of more than 100 locally-made products, health officials are still trying to figure out which brands should be on the list. The state Department of Health plans to send out a revision soon that will only include items manufactured at First Commercial Kitchen during the last three years. Officials said they released the names of products and businesses posted on the company's website because they weren't getting the information they needed from the Waipio business.

News that a sauce from Indigo Restaurant was on a recall list came as a huge shock to owner Glenn Chu. He said his company hasn't done business with First Commercial Kitchen in more than a decade.

"It's like a real stab in my heart because we haven't been using them, we don't use them, we manufacture our own sauces locally on premises, and so the public has nothing to worry about," said Chu.

Chu has already had one customer asking about the use of any recalled products.

"It's hard enough for us doing business as it is, and trying to do damage control, you know what, we don't need that," Chu said.

Other companies with products on the list tried to get some answers at the health department's sanitation branch.

"We haven't done business with Mr. Kam in over 3 years, and we've been tested and all of our products are clean," said Jill Lee of Honolulu Gourmet Foods.

"How are you going to be able to restore our good name now that we've been thrown in there with a bunch of other names?" asked Daniel Kaslow of Da Kine Hawaiian.

"Organizations such as yours are potentially victimized by the situation, and that's the last thing that the Department of Health wants to see," said Gary Gill, deputy director for environmental health.

The department said it issued the recall because of the potential risk for botulism due to improper processing and testing at the facility.

"Because we cannot verify that the food was manufactured appropriately and to standard, it should not be distributed to the public," Gill explained.

The owner of First Commercial Kitchen met with health officials on Wednesday. He told reporters that his first priority was to update the list.

"We need to get busy on some things to try to resolve the issue as soon as possible," said Peter Kam.

Health officials said they'll work with businesses on the recall list to clear up any confusion.

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