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Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Scallops

23 August 2016

US - A recent hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii has been traced back to frozen imported scallops from the Philippines.

The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) in its investigation.

The scallops were distributed by Koha Oriental Foods on the islands of Oahu and Kauai, and were packaged by Sea Port Bay Scallops.

On August 17, 2016, Hawaii Department of Health reported that 206 people have been confirmed to have become ill with hepatitis A in that state.

On August 18 Sea Port Products Corp initiated a voluntary recall of three lots of frozen Bay Scallops produced on November 23, 2015 and 24, 2015. The lot numbers are 5885, 5886, and 5887.

The FDA is working with the recalling firm to ensure their recall is effective and that recalled product is removed from the market.

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