Frozen Scallops Cause Hepatitis A Outbreak in Hawaii

October 15, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. cease / sis / (v.) – to stop
Example: The restaurant had to cease operations because of sanitation issues.

2. comply / kəmˈplaɪ / (v.) – to act in accordance with requests
Example: The restaurant management complies with the requests of the health department.

3. embargo / ɛmˈbɑr goʊ / (v.) – to stop a merchant ship from going into or out of a port
Example: The authorities embargoed all the frozen scallop shipments.
4. sanitize / ˈsæn ɪˌtaɪz / (v.) – to clean or sterilize something
Example: All kitchen tools were sanitized to ensure that they are free from bacteria.

5. contract / kənˈtrækt / (v.) – to acquire a disease
Example: None of the employees contracted the disease.


Read the text below.
All Oahu /oʊˈɑ hu/ and Kauai /ˈkaʊ aɪ/ Genki Sushi restaurants have temporarily ceased operations to comply with a request from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH).

In August, the DOH ordered all Genki restaurants in these locations to close down because of a Hepatitis A outbreak that affected more than 250 people. Imported scallops served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants in the island are suspected to have caused the outbreak. These scallops were distributed to the two locations by Koha Oriental Foods. According to a food expert, it is likely that the scallops were harvested from polluted waters, which caused the contamination. The department embargoed all frozen scallop products to prevent further distribution.

The restaurants were shut down for almost a month before being allowed to reopen in early September. To prevent further illnesses, all restaurants disposed their food products and single-use items like cups, napkins, and utensils. The restaurants were also extensively sanitized. In addition, Genki Sushi employees were tested for Hepatitis A. Results showed that none of the employees contracted the illness.

Hepatitis A is a disease that attacks a person’s liver. People can get it through consumption of contaminated food or water, direct contact with an infected person, or poor hygiene. Some symptoms of this disease include fever, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

The World Health Organization recommends several ways to reduce the risk of developing Hepatitis A. Good food preparation is crucial. A vaccine is also available to combat the disease.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         If you were one of the customers at the Genki Sushi branches, would you eat at the restaurant again?
·         After reading this article, would you still want to eat raw food imported from a different country?

Discussion B

·         What are the common health conditions associated with poor food preparation?
·         How do restaurants in your country ensure food safety? 

October 15, 2016