SOQ Pre-qualify Checklist

Seal of Quality Program Pre-Qualify Checklist

Thank you for your interest in the Hawaii Seal of Quality (SOQ) Program, a statewide branding program to promote genuine, Hawaii-Grown, Hawaii-Made, Premium agricultural products.  Please review the requirements below to determine if your product qualifies for the SOQ program prior to submitting an application with your $50 application fee. Contact Yukashi Smith at yukashi.m.smith@hawaii.gov or (808)-973-9627 if you have questions.

 

For ALL Applicants

Review HAR 4-135, Seals of Quality Program rules

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/files/2013/01/SOQ-Administrative-Rules.pdf

Registered with BREG

http://cca.hawaii.gov/breg/

List the retail products to bear the SOQ logo

 

Requirements for Unprocessed/Fresh Produce (includes green coffee)

Grown/Raised in Hawaii with minimum grade if applicable

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/admin-rules/

Tax ID number
Food Safety Certificates if applicable
DOA Dealers License if applicable

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/qad/files/2012/12/qad-dl-2a.pdf

General Guidelines for Product Labeling

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/qad/files/2013/01/msdlabeing-guidelines-02.12.pdf

Labels must be reviewed and approved by the DOA Quality Assurance Division, Measurement Standards Branch.  Email proposed label to: hdoa.ms@hawaii.gov

 

Requirements for Processed/Value-added Products

Product must be a minimum of 51% Hawaii origin (ingredients and/or value-added)
Manufactured, assembled, fabricated, or produced in Hawaii
 Tax ID number
Food Safety Certificates if applicable
DOH Food Establishment Permit if applicable

http://health.hawaii.gov/san/permit-applications/food-establishment-permit-applications/

 DOA Dealers License if applicable

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/qad/files/2012/12/qad-dl-2a.pdf

FDA Food Facility Registration if applicable

https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FoodFacilityRegistration/ucm2006831.htm

General Guidelines for Product Labeling

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/qad/files/2013/01/msdlabeing-guidelines-02.12.pdf

Labels must be reviewed and approved by the DOA Quality Assurance Division, Measurement Standards Branch

Email proposed label to: hdoa.ms@hawaii.gov