FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Ajinomoto Frozen Foods of Portland, OR is recalling 8.47 oz. trays of Ajinomoto Brand Vegetable Gyoza Dumplings, lot code 231751, that contain undeclared shrimp and fish (Pollock). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to shellfish and fish run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this Vegetable Gyoza Dumpling product.
The recalled product was distributed between 6/30/2011 and 8/4/2011 through retail stores and restaurants nationwide.
The product recall is for 8.47 oz. trays of Ajinomoto Brand Vegetable Gyoza Dumplings with lot code 231751 printed on the side of the package.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a box of Seafood Gyoza Dumplings contained mislabeled trays of Vegetable Gyoza Dumplings.
Consumers who have purchased the Ajinomoto Brand Vegetable Gyoza Dumplings with lot code 231751 printed on the side of the package are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Ajinomoto Frozen Foods at 1-503-505-5783, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM PST.
FBI agents here have arrested a fugitive from Wisconsin wanted there on theft charges.
Agents arrested Timothy Kosier, 45, about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at a vacation rental home in Kihei, Maui, the FBI said. Kosier did not resist arrest and made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi in Honolulu.
A federal criminal complaint says Kosier was a maintenance supervisor in the Water Resources Department for the city of Beloit, Wis.
Between February and April, Kosier misused his authority to purchase supplies for the city, the complaint says. The Beloit Daily News said city officials said at least $150,000 was stolen.
A detention hearing is scheduled Friday in federal court on how Kosier will be returned to Wisconsin.
Homes that were in some stage of the foreclosure process accounted for more than 21 percent of all residential sales in Hawaii during the second quarter, according to new data from RealtyTrac .
There were 743 foreclosure sales in Hawaii between April 1 and June 30, which was a 4 percent increase compared to the same period in 2010, according to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac .
Nationally, more than 31 percent of all residential home sales were in some stage of foreclosure, either with a notice of default, a notice of auction or bank-owned property.
However, the total number of foreclosed homes sold in the United States — 265,087 — represented a drop of 11 percent from the second quarter in 2010, RealtyTrac said.
In Hawaii, more than 39 percent of all sales in Maui County during the second quarter were foreclosures. The 250 foreclosure sales on Maui, Lanai and Molokai represented an 8 percent increase from the second quarter in 2010.
Foreclosure sales on Kauai represented 33 percent of all sales. However, the number of sales, just 57, was a 26 percent drop from 77 sales during the second quarter of 2010.
The Big Island had 164 foreclosure sales in the second quarter, which was a 19 percent increase from 2010, and represented 27 percent of all residential sales.
The 272 foreclosure sales on Oahu represented 13 percent of all sales, and a 2 percent decline in number from last year.
Nationally, the average sales price of a bank-owned home or one in foreclosure was $164,217, which was a 1 percent decline from a year ago.
Hawaii’s average price was more than double that, the highest in the nation at $347,428. However, it was a 7 percent drop from $375,264 in the second quarter of 2010, according to RealtyTrac data.
HONOLULU — Thirteen buyers representing retailers and importers in China will be sent to Hawaii in November by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. They will be looking for high-end products that can be sold individually or as gift baskets. These include food products, beverages, nutraceuticals, beauty and vanity products, apparel, specialty gifts, wood products, and other gift products unique to the islands.
Under an agreement signed recently between the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) and the Beijing International Brand Management Center—an agency of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce—Hawaii products will be purchased for export to China during the billion dollar gift giving Chinese New Year season.
The visitation in November will be coordinated by DBEDT. Partners in this initiative include: Hawaii Department of Agriculture; Enterprise Honolulu; Maui Economic Development Board; Hawaii Island Economic Development Board; Kauai Economic Board; U.S. Export Assistance Center; Kauai Chamber of Commerce; Maui Chamber of Commerce; Big Island Chamber of Commerce and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.
Lt. Governor Brian Schatz, during his recent trip to Beijing, finalized details for this delegation’s trip.
“If Hawaii companies ever planned to do business in China, opportunity just knocked,” said Richard Lim, Director of DBEDT. “The Chinese government themselves is offering Hawaii businesses a chance to enter the world’s most rapidly expanding market.”
Besides purchasing the products, the Chinese government will help with product entry requirements, and place companies in an excellent position to enter distribution channels.
Companies interested in registering for this program should contact Milton Kwock, at 587-2759 or at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2011. DBEDT is developing a list of product vendors for a mini-trade show or site visitations, and will be asking for samples and digital information regarding the Hawaii-made products.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – Baldwin Park remains closed at least until this weekend as work crews remove a collapsed restroom structure.
About half of the concrete restroom fell onto the beach after erosion cut into its foundation Wednesday afternoon.
Parks Director Glenn Correa made the call to close Baldwin Park Tuesday, thereby preventing any potential injuries. In order to reopen the park the concrete restroom structure must be removed so that workers can cap the sewer line to prevent any leakage.
Two trees that were also affected by the erosion must also be removed before the park can be reopened. Temporary restrooms will be provided for beach goers once the park reopens.
Pekelo Cosma, a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winner, died this morning at his home in Makawao.
Multiple sources have announced the tragic news. Cosma, a native of Hana, was a slack key master as well as a treasured Hawaiian music composer. He was 51.
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