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Genki Sushi still closed after roach infestation

KAILUA-KONA — A state Department of Health-ordered closure of Genki Sushi at Kona Commons remains in effect pending a third follow-up inspection slated Friday.

The restaurant was shuttered and a red “CLOSED” placard was posted May 22 following a state health inspection prompted by multiple complaints of cockroaches seen inside the establishment. The location failed to pass follow-up inspections conducted May 24 and Tuesday.

During the two-hour Tuesday follow-up, state inspectors found roaches inside a glove box, which was disposed of; take-home bento boxes wet with an unknown substance, which were disposed of; and adult German roaches in the conveyor control panel, floors in the sushi prep area and utensil storage area, according to the department’s Food Establishment Inspection Report.

The state also noted that a majority of the restaurant’s dry goods are being stored in vermin-proof containers, and that additional vermin-proof containers are on order to store dry goods and other items. Conveyor belts had been disassembled and thoroughly cleaned.

According to the person in charge at the time of the Tuesday inspection, Terminix has treated the facility, but there were no records available for review.

To reopen, the facility still needs to seal-off vermin-entry points; inspect thoroughly all dry storage equipment to ensure that there are no cockroaches inside of boxes and containers; remove old traps inside conveyor belt housing; and ensure that records exist for any pesticide application in the food establishment.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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