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Hawaii finds excess bacteria in Meadow Gold milk; stops sales

Meadow Gold Dairies in Hawaii is under order to stop distributing and selling its 2 percent reduced fat milk because state tests during the past four weeks have repeatedly showed more than 10 times the allowed level of coliform bacteria it the product. The order from the Hawaii State Department of Health on Monday will… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A count hits 276, including school cafeteria worker

The number of new cases of Hepatitis A being reported in Hawaii appears to be slowing, with only five additional patients being confirmed in the past week. However, foodservice workers at restaurants and an elementary school cafeteria have been confirmed as among the 276 victims, spurring public health and school officials to urge the public… Continue Reading

Sushi outlets linked to Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak cleared to reopen

The Hawaii State Department of Health has given the green light to Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai to reopen after they completed extensive sanitizing, disposed of potentially contaminated food items, and screened their employees for Hepatitis A. The restaurant chain planned to reopen all 10 of its Oahu outlets on Sept. 10 and… Continue Reading

Confirmed case count hits 168 in Hawaii Hepatitis A outbreak

The confirmed case count in Hawaii’s ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak is now 168, according to the most recent update from the Hawaii State Department of Health. That is an increase of 33 new cases since the last update on Aug. 3. The department’s Disease Outbreak Control Division reported that all cases of Hepatitis A illnesses so… Continue Reading

Hawaii Hep A outbreak hits 52; ice cream worker among them

The confirmed case count in the Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu now stands at 52, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health, up from 31 confirmed cases a week ago. All of those sickened are adults on Oahu and 16 have been hospitalized. One of the sickened individuals has been identified as an employee of the Baskin-Robbins… Continue Reading

After Third Restaurant Closure, HI Health Officials Mull Mandatory Training

After recently shutting down three Oahu restaurants for food safety violations, the Hawaii State Department of Health is likely to require all food handlers at restaurants and other food establishments in the Aloha State to take a half-day food safety education class. This comes after the Makittii Hawaii restaurant in Honolulu was closed by state health inspectors on Friday, Nov…. Continue Reading

Most Restaurants in Hawaii are Adjusting to Tighter Food Safety Rules

Food safety inspectors in Hawaii are working with restaurants statewide on compliance after revising the acceptable hot and cold holding temperatures and adopting a color-coded placard system in 2014. There have been occasional problems, such as when health inspectors recently closed down two Oahu restaurants, in part for temperature violations, and they have issued more than 2,000 yellow placards… Continue Reading

Honolulu Restaurant Closed for Food Safety Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Sanitation Branch has issued a red “closed” placard to Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood Market located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. Numerous health inspections revealed chronic temperature violations. The department has issued a penalty fee of $9,000 for the violations that led to the posting… Continue Reading

Update: Oahu Bakery Fined for Allegedly Selling Food After Closure for Violations

Oct. 13 update: The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has fined an Oahu bakery $22,000 for allegedly opening the day after being shut down for food safety violations. The department stated that “health inspectors had confirmed allegations that the bakery opened on Oct. 7 and conducted sales of baked products after being closed by DOH.”… Continue Reading