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Hawaii’s macadamia nut industry faces Salmonella challenge

Mac nuts from Mahina Mele Farm

Captain Cook, HI — The Big Island features five volcanoes, black sand beaches and eight different climate zones. And, it produces world-famous Kona coffee and macadamia nuts. “Mac” nuts, as they’re called here, are actually native to Australia. They were introduced to Hawaii in the late 1880s and gradually became an important export crop by… Continue Reading

Boston to Experiment With Letter Grades for Restaurants


Boston will soon start assigning letter grades to all restaurants based on their health inspections, The Boston Globe reports. The A, B or C grades will initially only be posted online and may later be displayed in restaurant windows. The system is expected to be put in place early next year. “We want to make… Continue Reading

After Third Restaurant Closure, HI Health Officials Mull Mandatory Training

Makittii Hawaii

After recently shutting down three Oahu restaurants for food safety violations, the Hawaii State Department of Health is likely to require all food handlers at restaurants and other food establishments in the Aloha State to take a half-day food safety education class. This comes after the Makittii Hawaii restaurant in Honolulu was closed by state health inspectors on Friday, Nov…. Continue Reading

Honolulu Restaurant Closed for Food Safety Violations


The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Sanitation Branch has issued a red “closed” placard to Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood Market located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. Numerous health inspections revealed chronic temperature violations. The department has issued a penalty fee of $9,000 for the violations that led to the posting… Continue Reading

Update: Oahu Bakery Fined for Allegedly Selling Food After Closure for Violations

Hawaii bakery red placard

Oct. 13 update: The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has fined an Oahu bakery $22,000 for allegedly opening the day after being shut down for food safety violations. The department stated that “health inspectors had confirmed allegations that the bakery opened on Oct. 7 and conducted sales of baked products after being closed by DOH.”… Continue Reading

Macadamia Nuts and Nut Products Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Izzie Macs macadamia nut label

Mahina Mele Farm of Captain Cook, Hawaii, is recalling one lot of its macadamia nuts and related nut products after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. In the interest of public health and safety, all products processed from… Continue Reading

State Legislatures Pass on Adopting GMO-Labeling Policies This Year


U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) may want to send some thank-you letters out to state legislative leaders who shut down efforts to get in his way this year. Pompeo is the GOP’s point man in Congress on federal policy to preempt the states from writing their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This… Continue Reading

FDA Exercised FSMA Recall Authority for OxyElite Pro Dietary Supplements


In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exercised its recall authority granted by the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) for the second time. FDA published its second annual report to Congress this past week on the use of mandatory recall authority, stating that it had issued a Notification of Opportunity… Continue Reading

Legislatures Weigh Bills on Soda Labels, Microbeads, Marijuana, Powdered Alcohol, Among Others


State legislatures remain in session from Alabama to Wyoming, with food safety mostly getting only a light touch from lawmakers who seem largely focused on budgets and education in this non-election year. In Alabama, where a new cottage food bill took effect last June 1, Extension services are getting more money for training people to… Continue Reading

Food Issues Almost Completely Missing From November Ballot

Number of state ballot measures is down this year


Were it not for the Oregon and Colorado ballot initiatives requiring labeling of some foods made with some genetic engineering, state ballots this year would be pretty much devoid of food, food safety and agricultural measures. The only exception, besides those two, is found in Hawaii, where a double majority is sought for Hawaii Bonds… Continue Reading