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May 22, 2020 – The DOH issued recommendations for Hawai‘i’s food sector to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 to employees and customers. The guidance aligns with all existing food safety regulations and supports ongoing compliance with social distancing requirements. The guidance also coincides with Gov. David Ige’s eighth supplementary proclamation in response to the current emergency issued May 18, which focuses on the state’s multi-phased roadmap to recovery and resilience.

State Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience – Guidance for Reopening Food Services Sector


The mission of the Hawaii Department of Health’s Food and Drug Branch is to protect and improve the health of all Hawaii residents by assuring that foods, drugs, medical devices and certain other consumer products are safe and are not adulterated, misbranded or falsely advertised.

The Food and Drug Branch was recently re-established. More information about current projects, goals and program objectives are coming soon.