The Commodities Branch is designed to assist in the development of agricultural industries through quality assurance of agricultural commodities; licensing of dealers in agricultural products; and milk producer price and quota control to maintain stability within the dairy industry.
FOOD SAFETY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
HDOA has produced a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to promote good agricultural practices and good food safety practices in all areas of food production and handling. The PSAs ran on Spectrum (Oceanic) cable stations in 2017.
The PSAs may also be viewed below:
GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES (GAP) VIDEOS
The Commodities Branch and the USDA have collaborated on producing a series of seven videos to help farmers understand how GAP certification works and why it’s important for farms to become GAP certified.
View the videos which have also been translated in Ilocano, Chinese, Thai and Spanish
FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT (FSMA)
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION SERVICE
The Food Safety Certification Service provides an unbiased professional service-for-fee for USDA and Primuslabs audits. The types of audits provided for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) includes farm, greenhouse and harvest crew. Facility Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audits include cooler/cold storage, packinghouse with or without Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), processing with or without HACCP and Storage & Distribution Centers.
- Primuslabs Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
- USDA Plant System Audits
- Food Safety Information for Consumers
- List of Hawaii farms and agricultural businesses which have been audited for good agricultural practices
Organic Food Production Tax Credit
For information on the Organic Food Production Tax Credit, go to: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/chair/new-agriculture-initiatives/organic-foods-production-tax-credit/
HAWAII COMMODITIES REGULATIONS
COFFEE BEANS (Green)
- Grade Standards: Hawaii standards for cherry, parchment and green coffee are available online. A one page summary of the green coffee standards in table form is also available online. The Branch administers the use of Federal trademarks for 100% Hawaii green coffee from various locations (Kona, Kauai, Molokai, Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii (statewide).
- Roasted Coffee Labeling: There are no grade standards for roasted coffee. For information on proper retail labeling of roasted coffee, visit this Measurement Standards Branch website.
- Certification: Certification is required for green coffee shipped out of the area of production. Application for Green Coffee Certification form C-4 in PDF format can be downloaded.
- Declaration of Origin: The geographic region where the coffee beans were produced must be certified as defined in Section 4-143-3, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR).
Declaration of Coffee Origin form C-6
CACAO & CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS (NEW!)
- Labeling and Inspection: New administrative rules went into effect in 2016 for labeling, inspection and recordkeeping for Hawaii-grown cacao and Hawaiian chocolate products.
- Licensing: A Dealer’s License is required when selling or handling Hawaii-grown agricultural products obtained or purchased directly from a farmer or producer. Rules and an application form and instructions are available online.
- Complaint Form for Dealer’s Licenses – Farmers who have a complaint or dispute with a licensed dealer may file a complaint form (DL-14).
- Agricultural Theft: Persons selling or transporting agricultural commodities are required to have proof of ownership, as a deterrent to agricultural theft (Chapter 145 Part II, Hawaii Revised Statutes).
- Certificate of Ownership/Movement of Commodities (Form DL-22)
- Grade Standards: Hawaii Egg Standards for shell eggs are available online. Federal Egg Standards are available online through the USDA website.
- Labeling: At retail, egg cartons and containers must be properly grade labeled. HDOA’s Commodities Branch Marketing Specialists check eggs using a high intensity candling light to assure that they are wholesome and meet labeled consumer grade. Eggs are also weighed to check that they meet labeled size. Sale of Shell Eggs at Retail gives a summary of requirements for retail egg sales.
- Egg Origin Marking: Eggs imported from out of state are required to be individually marked (“U.S.” for mainland eggs). Imported eggs are checked by HDOA’s Commodities Branch Marketing Specialists before distribution. See Hawaii Egg Standards for detailed requirements.
- More Egg Production Information from UH-CTAHR,
SEED CERTIFICATION INSPECTION SERVICE
The Seed Certification Inspection Service provides service for fee inspections for the seed industry. The service involves field and seed inspections to preserve genetic purity and identity. Once seed has been certified, it qualifies for shipment under state, federal and international seed law requirements.
The cost to applicants are: $42.12 per hour and 58 cents per mile
To arrange for seed certification services, call (808) 832-0700.
The Commodities Branch of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) administers laws and rules pertaining to registration, sampling and testing of commercial animal feed for label guarantee and adulteration.
- Commercial animal feed must be properly labeled, free from adulteration, and registered with HDOA’s Commodities Branch. Also, tonnage reports and inspection fees must be forwarded to the department every quarter.
- Information and forms available online: Feed rules, registration forms and instructions; Tonnage reporting forms and instructions and Feed Affidavit form
Link to FDA Safefeed website: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/AnimalFeedSafetySystemAFSS/default.htm
FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE
- Grade Standards: Hawaii standards for flowers and foliage are available online.
FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
The Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Inspection Service provides unbiased, professional and timely service-for-fee grade and condition inspections at the wholesale level. This section provides federal and state certification for imported and locally produced fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers and foliage. This section also provides enforcement of labeled grade standards at retail and wholesale levels.
- Grade Standards: Hawaii standards for Hawaii-Grown Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are available online. Federal Standards for Fresh Fruits are available online through the USDA website.
- Grade Standards: Hawaii standards for processed products and shelled macadamia nuts are available online. Federal Standards for processed products are available online through the USDA website.
- Seafood Inspection: U.S. Department of Commerce seafood inspection / certification is available for a fee. Program information is available on the USDC website.
For more information regarding this branch, contact:
Hawai`i Department of Agriculture
Quality Assurance Division
1851 Auiki Street
Honolulu, HI 96819-3100
Phone: (808) 832-0700
Fax: (808) 832-0683
Hilo – (808) 974-6514
Kona – (808)323-7589
Maui – (808) 873-3554
Kaua`i – (808) 241-7133