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State closes Genki Sushi in Kailua-Kona

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Health Sanitation Branch has posted a red “Closed” placard at Genki Sushi in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island for extensive pest infestation.

An inspection of the restaurant was conducted Thursday in response to numerous complaints. A red placard has been posted at the establishment to protect public health.

“During today’s inspection, extensive roach infestation was found inside the conveyor belt housing/wall, electrical control box, paper hand towels, foil packet boxes, glove boxes, in the corners of walls, behind loose panels, in flour containers, and in the white bumpers used to keep food on the conveyor belt,” according to a press release.

The closure of the Kailua-Kona Genki Sushi and the suspension of its food service permit will remain in effect until the establishment completes required actions, passes a follow-up health inspection and receives DOH approval to reopen, the release said.

Required actions include completing a thorough cleaning of all food and non-food contact surfaces; ensuring all entry points are enclosed to prevent the entry of pests; contracting a pest control operator to treat the establishment; and disposing of paper goods or single-use items that have been contaminated.

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