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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

OxyElite Pro Recall Expands to Include Raspberry Lemonade Powder

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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

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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

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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