BFAR suspends exporter linked to Hawaii outbreak
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has recently put off distribution of scallops believed to be the source of a hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii.
Washington Post reported that De Oro Resources Inc., the source of the local seafood shipped to Hawaii, must temporarily suspend distribution while the government conducts an audit, in accordance with an order by the DA and BFAR.
Hawaii’s Department of Health recently recognized frozen scallops served raw at a sushi chain as the probable cause, which are produced by De Oro Resources.
Central Visayas regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Andres Bojos said government officials asked the company to conduct tests on workers, as well as those who shuck scallops and those assigned in their plant. All of them, however, tested negative for hepatitis A, the report.
More than 250 people were affected by the Hawaii outbreak, Washington Post said.
Bojos also said on Tuesday that De Oro Resources remains suspended while waiting completion of the audit currently being conducted. De Oro also exports shrimp, apart from scallops.
“We required the operator to subject all their personnel involved in the supply chain from those who shuck the meat of scallops in Masbate to their people in their plant here in Cebu to medical tests, but all of them tested negative for Hepatitis A,” Bojos said in the report.