Business / In Brief • July 17, 2013

More than $700K for jobless program

HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Hawaii more than $700,000 to continue implementing a program to help the unemployed find work.

Hawaii will use the money to provide in-person assessments to jobless. The assessment will help people develop plans to find work based on their career interests and the labor market.

Participants will be referred to the American Job Center for services and training.

The money will also help the state review claimant benefit eligibility to reduce improper payments.

The department said Monday a recent report by Impaq International found the assessments help people find work more quickly.

The department is awarding more than $60 million for similar programs in 37 other states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.


Pistachios recalled over salmonella

HONOLULU – Bags of pistachios made by a Hilo company are being recalled for possible salmonella contamination.

Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration says batches of Hilo Products Roasted & Salted Natural Pistachios may carry the bacteria.

The bags in question were distributed by Los Angeles-based Tom and Glasser Inc. to Hawaii, California and Arizona.

Each bag has a lot code, 0923, that can be found on the back corner next to the seal.

Customers who have purchased the nuts are advised not to eat them. They can return them for a full refund.

The company has also set up an information line at 800-282-6887.

According to the FDA, salmonella bacteria can cause severe infections that can turn fatal.