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Genki Sushi tosses food, disinfects eateries following link to Hep A outbreak

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Workers at Genki Sushi locations on Oahu and Kauai spent Tuesday disinfecting everything from kitchen equipment to counter tops, following the announcement that scallops served raw at the popular chain were the likely source of a growing Hepatitis A outbreak.

Workers used special disinfectant to clean everything below seven feet at the eateries.

But the deep cleaning is only part of what's required for the 11 eateries to re-open.

"We're going to go to these establishments, make sure we inspect all of them," said Peter Oshiro, state Health Department sanitation branch chief.

"They have been ordered to get rid of all of their food stock, food supplies. They've also been ordered to get rid of all single-service items. These are things like cups, napkins other items that may be used at the facility."

Employees at Genki Sushi locations across Oahu and one location on Kauai started getting rid of food Monday night.

It's estimated the Pearlridge location tossed out between $8,000 and $10,000 worth of product alone.

Meanwhile, health officials say they've worked closely with the restaurant for the past week, and they gave the business credit for helping find the source of the outbreak.

"They have been a very good partner in all of this," Oshiro said. "They have not tried to hide any of the information."

And as the clean-up continues, Genki Sushi says its committed to making sure all of her restaurants are in compliance.

"We want to thank the public and our customers for their continued support," said Mary Hansen, chief administrative officer.

There is no exact timeline on when any of the Genki Sushi locations may reopen, but health officials say it could be as early as later this week.

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