Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently signed Senate Bill 482 in support of the small-scale beekeeping businesses. The bill states that all Hawai'i beekeepers that produce 500 gallons of honey or less can legally sell their honey directly to consumers or retail stores.
The bill requires the beekeepers to label their containers with the name and address of the producer, net weight and volume, and the date of production. The label will also need to include statements pertaining to consumption by infants under age 1 and a disclosure that the product has not been inspected by the state Department of Health (DOH).
The bill also requires each beekeeper to keep volume and distribution records for at least two years, and make the records available to the department.
In addition, each beekeeper must attend a DOH-approved food safety workshop and pass the food certification exam.
A food safety class that will meet these state requirements is scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6. The class includes the certification test. In addition to beekeepers, anyone needing a food safety certification is invited to attend.
John Nakashima, a state DOH Food Safety consultant and educator, will conduct the two-day Food Safety Certification class at the Lokahi Pacific Center on Market Street in Wailuku.
To register, call 933-0931, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.