Affected tuna was imported from Indonesia and used to prepare poke sold from April 27 to May 1 in restaurants and stores on Oahu, as well as at Times Supermarket and Shima’s in Aiea, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kunia, Liliha, Mililani, Waipahu and Waimanalo.

The products were also used to prepare food served or sold by GP Hawaiian Food Catering, the Crab Shack Kapolei, and the ABC store in Honolulu, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.

The agency has embargoed all known affected products, and is working with the distributor to ensure proper sanitation and decontamination procedures.

“All of the product is being traced, collected and held by the distributor,” said Peter Oshiro, chief of the DOH Food Safety Program. “Fortunately, in this case, Tropic Fish Hawaii kept excellent records and has been contacting all retailers and pulling the product quickly.”

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, pain, and jaundice.

The virus spreads through fecal matter and is highly contagious. Outbreaks typically occur when food or water is contaminated, although food workers who do not wash their hands may also spread the disease.

Customers in Hawaii who ate frozen raw tuna or ahi cubes and are not vaccinated for hepatitis A are advised to consult their doctor about vaccination, health officials said.

Source: Hawaii News Now

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