More can be done up­front to stop hep A

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

In “Busi­nesses take a hit from hep­ati­tis” (Star-Advertiser, Aug. 17), it was re­ported that Koha Ori­en­tal Foods said it will need some PR (pub­lic re­la­tions); True World Foods wants to “re-strate­gize”; and the res­tau­rants say, “all you can do is ad­dress it as it comes up and solve the prob­lem.”

But that’s all af­ter the fact. They could cut the hep­ati­tis A virus off at the pass by per­form­ing ran­dom test­ing of in­com­ing prod­ucts be­fore dis­tribut­ing them. This would be bet­ter than con­tract­ing with PR firms to white­wash the com­pany.

And even if the tests of all the prod­ucts turned out to be neg­a­tive, at least we could elim­i­nate them from the to­tal num­ber of foods to be con­sid­ered, if and when an epi­demic be­gins.

Right now, the pub­lic is only serv­ing as a guinea pig. David Ya­suo Henna McCully

Pre­vi­ously, I have read let­ters to the ed­i­tor ob­ject­ing to this very per­sonal de­ci­sion be­cause of re­li­gious or dis­abil­ity con­cerns.

How­ever, when it is your turn to face your mor­tal­ity, and when ter­mi­nal can­cer is ev­i­dent, it seems that this per­sonal right should be avail­able to each of us who choose to use it. Jim Wolfe Nu­uanu

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