University of Hawaii's new health rules

HONOLULU—A state initiative to ensure cleaner restaurants by using color-coded placards and more health inspectors will apply to restaurants and cafeterias at UH.

Most campus restaurants, cafeterias and food trucks will have their placards within the next six months, according to Department of Health environmental health program manager Peter Oshiro.

Inspectors started issuing grades across the state on July 21, beginning with high risk locations. There are three grades: “pass,” “conditional pass” or “closed.” Oshiro said that, at present, the health department rarely closes establishments more than twice a year.

Oshiro said that all inspections are surprises, but restaurants have had months to prepare.

When the new rules were signed by the governor in late February, health officials started visiting establishments to get them ready for the inspections. 

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