US tests confirm hepatitis A in scallops from Philippines

US tests confirm hepatitis A in scallops from Philippines

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Honolulu (AP/UNB) — U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests found hepatitis A in scallops from the Philippines, which have been identified as the likely source of a Hawaii outbreak of the virus.The Hawaii Department of Health announced Thursday FDA laboratory test results of frozen Sea Port Bay Scallops. They’re produced by De Oro Resources Inc. Messages left with the company’s main office in the Philippines weren’t immediately returned.
The scallops are imported by Sea Port Products Corp. in Washington state. An employee referred requests for comment to a spokeswoman, who didn’t immediately respond.
There’s a Hawaii-wide embargo on the product.
Health officials on Monday identified frozen scallops served raw at a sushi chain as the probable source of the outbreak. They ordered Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai to close.
More than 200 people have been sickened.

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