- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Health officials are allowing a sushi chain to reopen after it sanitized restaurants involved in Hawaii’s hepatitis A outbreak.

The state Department of Health said Friday it cleared 10 Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and one on Kauai to reopen. Health officials had identified frozen scallops served raw at the restaurants as the probable source of the outbreak.

The department ordered Genki to close the restaurants last month after linking scallops imported from the Philippines with hepatitis A. The popular restaurants, which serve sushi on conveyor belts, immediately began disinfecting facilities and disposing of their food supply.

Genki Sushi USA Chief Administrative Officer Mary Hansen says serving safe high-quality food is a priority.

The Oahu restaurants will reopen Saturday. The Kauai location will remain closed because of renovations.

The outbreak has sickened more than 250 people.

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