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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BRYANT FUKUTOMI / BFUKUTOMI@STARADVERTISER.COM Industry officials are open to a plan to boost inspections and encourage eatery compliance
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM Efforts are under way to make significant improvements to the food inspections branch in Hawaii, including instituting a new placard system, raising fees for permitting and hiring more inspectors. Five new employees have been hired recently and will undergo extensive training over the next few months. Angel Ramos, left, and Michael Okamura work on a group project.