Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal

Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Another attempt to enact Hawaii-grown coffee labeling laws for blends has Big Island farmers at odds.

Hawaii County Councilwoman Brenda Ford wants to labels to provide the amount of coffee that's contained in a blend. Currently, a blend has to contain 10 percent Hawaii-grown coffee to be labeled as such.

Ford says she's not trying to stop blending but believes consumers need to know if a product contains 90 percent Colombia coffee and 10 percent Kona. Previous attempts in recent years to change the label law haven't been successful.

Some farmers support the effort while others say it's not necessary.

West Hawaii Today reported Thursday the council's Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability committee recessed the meeting to Sept. 30 after hearing testimony earlier this week.

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