The Latest: Hawaii officials urge awareness of raw food risk

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016 9:55 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii (all times local):

4 p.m.

Hawaii authorities are urging diners to be aware of the risks of eating raw and undercooked food after they traced a hepatitis A outbreak to frozen scallops served raw at a sushi restaurant chain.

State Department of Health Sanitation Branch Chief Peter Oshiro said Tuesday people need to understand they can get sick by eating undercooked or raw food.

The department has traced the outbreak to imported frozen scallops served raw at Genki Sushi on Oahu and Kauai. It has ordered 10 restaurants on Oahu and one on Kauai to close.

The department says the tainted product is labeled "Sea Port Bay Scallops." The box says the scallops are from the Philippines.

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12 p.m.

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.