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Food Issues Almost Completely Missing From November Ballot

Number of state ballot measures is down this year

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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

USDA Issues Food Safety Tips for People Affected by Hurricanes Iselle and Julio

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for the state of Hawaii due to the forecast for severe weather conditions related to Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. Category 1 Hurricane Iselle was expected to arrive on the Big Island by Thursday evening, bringing heavy rains, winds gusting up… Continue Reading

Big Island’s Rainbow Papaya Growers Say Exemption From New GE Ban Isn’t Enough

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Being exempted from the Big Island’s new ban on genetically engineered crops will not protect Rainbow papaya growers from dramatic harm, says a top industry leader. Ross Sibucao, president of the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, is among several farm and ranch leaders from the County of Hawaii who have filed declarations in U.S. District Court… Continue Reading

Hawaii Could Follow California by Repealing Glove Law

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Cost concerns and general opposition may prompt Hawaii to try and follow California by repealing new state health rules requiring food service workers to use utensils or gloves when preparing sushi or other ready-to-eat foods. The new rules just went into effect July 21 and have already drawn criticism from restaurant managers who say that… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Restaurants Hope to See Green

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New color-coded placards informing diners about food-safety violations are about to appear in Hawaii restaurants. The rule was implemented in February, but the Hawaii Department of Health wanted to spend a few months educating restaurant workers before requiring them to comply. The placards are now expected to be posted by the end of July. Green… Continue Reading

Norovirus at Waikiki Beach Hotel Sickens About 100 People

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Health officials have reportedly been supervising disinfection measures at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Waikiki Beach on Oahu, where an estimated 100 guests and staff recently came down with norovirus. The hotel voluntarily closed its kitchens for 72 hours as a precaution even though food wasn’t positively identified as the source. “We also know that… Continue Reading

GE Labeling Resurrected in California, Petition For Ballot Measure Circulating in Colorado

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California’s 2012 food-labeling ballot measure, rejected by state voters, makes a return from the grave tomorrow with a public hearing in Sacramento. And another state initiative is in the offing in Colorado. Since the narrow loss for the Golden State’s Proposition 37, which called for labeling foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), almost half… Continue Reading

Agribusinesses Challenge Kauai’s GM Crop Restriction Ordinance in Federal Court

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If a majority of voters in either California or Washington state had supported labeling foods containing genetically modified ingredients, agribusinesses would likely have responded with a federal lawsuit against one or the other state. Now that lawsuit – or much of it – is coming together in the U.S. District Court in Hawaii, but it’s been… Continue Reading

Frozen, Raw Chicken Recalled For Possible Temperature Abuse

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Palama Holdings, LLC, a Kapolei, HI, establishment, is recalling approximately 3,600 pounds of raw, frozen marinated chicken products because they may have experienced temperature abuse in the distribution chain. The products subject to recall are 10-lb. cardboard boxes containing four individual cryovac-sealed packages, 5-lb. cardboard boxes containing two individual cryovac sealed packages, and 2-lb. cardboard boxes… Continue Reading

Update: Spaghetti Caused Food Poisoning at Hawaii Elementary School

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State health officials have determined that the cause of a foodborne illness last week that sickened 30 students and two adults at an Oahu elementary school was bacteria-tainted spaghetti. According to a Monday news article, the state Department of Health said spaghetti cooked the previous day at Waipahu Elementary School was not properly heated the… Continue Reading