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About the Food and Drug Branch
The food and drug program began over 100 years ago when the Republic of
Hawaii adopted the Pure Food and Drug Law in 1898. The Bureau of Pure
Food and Drugs was established to enforce the law. The initial law was
broadened in 1941 when the Hawaii Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was
passed, and circa 1962, the Bureau of Pure Food and Drugs became the
Food and Drug Branch. The branch became part of the Department of
Health's Environmental Health Division, now known as the Environmental
Health Services Division (EHSD).
What We Do
The Food and Drug Branch administers the statewide Food and Drug program,
regulatory program that is mandated by law and with a large and
diverse area of responsibility.
It safeguards public health by ensuring that food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices,
and related consumer products are safe and properly labeled.
The program allows for the inspection of establishments where these products are
manufactured, distributed, or sold. It also investigates complaints,
and collects samples to determine compliance with product standards.
The drugs that are regulated by the branch include over-the-counter,
prescription, and generic drugs. It also ensures that prescription drugs are
packaged in child-resistant containers when required.
The food and drug program enforces the following chapters of the Hawaii
Revised Statutes (HRS):
Chapter 328, Food, Drugs and Cosmetics;
Chapter 328C, Donated Drugs;
Chapter 328D, Bottled Water;
Chapter 321, Department of Health.
The program also enforces the following Hawaii Administrative Rules
If you have any questions, please contact:
Food and Drug Branch
591 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-4725
Fax: (808) 586-4729
Last update: 7 March 2013
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