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Department of Health approves reopening of China Bowl Asian cuisine restaurant in Lahaina

Published on 27 May 2022 in Press room

LAHAINA — The Hawaii Department of Health’s (DOH) Food Safety Branch issued a green sign to the China Bowl Asian Cuisine restaurant and approved its reopening after a follow-up inspection found all critical violations of food security had been corrected.

The China Bowl Asian Cuisine restaurant located at 2580 Kekaa Dr., #116 had received the red sign on May 17 and was immediately closed due to an infestation of cockroaches and rodents. A follow-up inspection was carried out on May 19, but evidence of an active rodent population was still present. A second follow-up inspection on May 25 found that all critical violations had been corrected.

The restaurant will send monthly pest control service reports to the DOH and has been advised to regularly clean areas of food debris and grease buildup.

The DOH Food Safety Branch protects and promotes the health of Hawai’i residents and visitors through the education of food industry workers and the regulation of food establishments throughout the state. Management conducts routine health inspections of food establishments where food products are prepared, manufactured, distributed or sold.

The branch also investigates the sources of food-borne illnesses and possible falsifications; and is responsible for mitigating the effects of these incidents to prevent any future occurrences. Department of Health food safety specialists strive to work with business owners, food service workers and the food industry to ensure safe food preparation practices and sanitary conditions.

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