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Maui Food Technology Center offers two webinars for Hawaiian food entrepreneurs: Maui Now

Small food entrepreneurs looking to grow their business will receive valuable information during two webinars in October on food safety and labeling, presented by the Maui Food Technology Center.

On Wednesday October 26, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., a “Food Security Plan Workshop” will be presented by John Nakashima, RS, PCQI; Owner of Food Safety Services Hawai’i, LLC. In this webinar, guests will learn what goes into creating a solid food safety plan and how these efforts will protect not only you, but also your customers. Topics will include:

  • What type of food safety plan do you need for your business?
  • What is HACCP vs FSMA and how do these programs impact you?
  • What information is needed in a food safety plan?
  • What are the pros and cons of DIY versus outsourcing?

On Thursday October 27, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., a “Food labeling workshop” will be presented by Nina Ann Tanabe, MS, CFS; Director of Pacific Food Technology, LLC. During this webinar, guests will learn about the latest in food labeling, regulatory requirements, and how your efforts can be a game changer. Topics will include:

  • Who needs a food label?
  • What products do these federal agencies (USDA, FDA, and TTB) cover?
  • What are the FDA’s mandatory food labeling requirements?
  • What are the USDA and FDA labeling deadlines?

Nakashima has over 30 years of experience as a food safety education specialist and trainer with the Hawaii Department of Health.

Tanabe has over 35 years of experience in product development, regulatory compliance, ingredient and equipment sourcing and specification, lean manufacturing and plant layout.

MFTC webinars are supported by the Maui County Office of Economic Development.


The cost for each webinar is $10. To register, visit

The Maui Food Technology Center is a non-profit organization primarily dedicated to helping value-added entrepreneurs through economic diversification. MFTC has extensive experience in helping businesses with technical and business solutions. He has also helped companies (including non-food) to participate and export their products at trade fairs in Japan.