Kahuku farm linked to salmonella cases ordered to stop production

(Image: Olokai)
(Image: Olokai)
(State Department of Agriculture)
(State Department of Agriculture)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Health Department is advising consumers to throw away certain products from a Kahuku farm linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Marine Agrifuture LLC, also known as Olakai Hawaii, has also been ordered to stop selling and distributing their products -- Kahuku ogo, robusta ogo, and sea asparagus. These products are sold wholsale and are used in retail products, such as salad dressing, tea and condiments.

At least 14 cases of salmonella on Oahu have been linked to tainted limu that was used in poke.

Lab tests conducted earlier this month found salmonella in the farm's packing and processing tanks, and elsewhere at the farm.

"Distributors and retailers have been notified to remove the affected products from sale or distribution immediately," said Peter Oshiro, chief of the DOH Sanitation Branch. "We advise the public to discard any suspect product they may have."

Marine Agrifuture is a major distributor of ogo and sea asparagus in Hawaii and its products may have been shipped statewide and to the mainland, the Health Department said. The department is still confirming all locations the product may have been shipped to.

In a news release, the DOH said Marine Agrifuture will be allowed to resume sales once the farm demonstrates that the risk of contamination from bacteria has been mitigated at the source and that new sanitation practices have been implemented.

Marine Agrifuture was launched in 2006, and its products are on the menus of countless Oahu eateries.

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