The Hawaii DOH has warned that frozen raw ahi cubes imported to the state from Indonesia by Tropic Fish Hawaii recently tested positive for the virus. The raw ahi, which is being recalled, was used to prepare poke sold between April 27 to May 1 at several locations on Oahu.
The state said the poke was sold at Times Supermarkets and Shima’s locations in Aiea, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kunia, Liliha, Mililani, Waipahu, and Waimanalo.
The product was also used to prepare food served or sold by GP Hawaiian Food Catering and Maili Sunset Bar & Grill.
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