HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than three weeks after Genki Sushi was named in Hawaii's Hepatitis A outbreak and forced to close all its restaurants on Oahu and Kauai, the popular eatery is allowed to reopen.
The State Department of Health cleared the sushi chain on Friday, saying it met strict guidelines to sanitize the facilities and screen all 350 employees for Hepatitis A.
"The management team of Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai has given us their full cooperation, and the department is confident that they are in compliance with all health regulations," said Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler in a news release.
Ten Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and one on Kauai were ordered to close on August 16 after it was determined that the source of Hawaii's largest Hepatitis A outbreak in decades was frozen scallops served raw at Genki Sushi. The items were imported from the Philippines.
The outbreak started in April 2016 and has sickened 252 people. New cases continue to be confirmed despite the product being pulled from Hawaii because of the long incubation period for Hepatitis A, sometimes 50 days.