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


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


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


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


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

OxyElite Pro Recall Expands to Include Raspberry Lemonade Powder


USPLabs has expanded its recall of OxyElite Pro, the dietary supplement linked to recent severe cases of hepatitis, to include Raspberry Lemonade OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo Powder. The company originally recalled certain shipments that appeared to be associated with one reported death and at least 56 illnesses among customers using the product. The cases of liver… Continue Reading

OxyElite Pro Recalled as More Hepatitis Cases Surface


The company that makes OxyElite Pro, the dietary supplement linked to recent severe cases of hepatitis, has finally recalled certain shipments that appear to be associated with one reported death and at least 56 illnesses among customers using the product. The company, USPLabs, had previously stopped shipments of the weight-loss product, but initiated a recall… Continue Reading

Mayor of Kauai Vetoes Bill to Limit Pesticide Testing


The mayor of the Hawaiian island of Kauai has vetoed a bill that would have placed restrictions on pesticides used by biotech companies on the island for testing purposes. The bill would have placed buffer zones for pesticide testing around schools, hospitals and residential areas, as well as required the island’s biotech companies to disclose… Continue Reading

Hawaii Plans to Introduce Public Restaurant Grading System


Eateries in Hawaii may soon begin displaying their recent restaurant inspection grades, thanks to an initiative by the state’s health department, local news outlet Hawaii News Now reports. Assuming that the plan receives approval from the governor following a public comment period in December, the new system would go into effect around March of next… Continue Reading

Kauai Bill Limits Pesticides Used by Biotech Companies


Thanks to a year-round growing season, the Hawaiian island of Kauai is a popular place for biotech companies to work on developing genetically modified (GM) crops. At least some of those crops, however, are grown to test the effectiveness of their pesticide-resistant genes — a fact that has led to numerous protests by islanders in… Continue Reading

Hawaii E. coli Outbreak Offers Lesson on Challenges of Epidemiology


More than a month after the Hawaii State Department of Health announced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 on the island of Oahu, epidemiologists at the agency say they still hope to determine the source of the outbreak, though they acknowledge the likelihood grows slimmer as time goes on. But ending an outbreak investigation without… Continue Reading