Molokai bakery fined for unsanitary conditions

KAUNAKAKAI, MOLOKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Violation and Order against Kanemitsu Bakery for selling, offering for sale, and distributing food products manufactured and prepared at its facility under unsanitary conditions.

A penalty of $90,000 was issued for violations that occurred from March 7 to March 8, 2012.

On March 7, an inspection by the DOH uncovered serious deficiencies in the maintenance and manufacturing practices conducted at the facility, including: improper cleaning and sanitizing of cooking implements and surfaces, inadequate control of rodents, lack of hot water, and general unsanitary conditions.

The bakery was instructed not to manufacture, sell, or distribute any products until the deficiencies had been corrected.  The violations leading to the $90,000 fine occurred when the bakery continued to offer products for sale prior to DOH lifting its order to suspend operations.

On March 9, DOH determined that the bakery had successfully corrected its major violations and has since been allowed to continue its business. The bakery is being required to address remaining deficiencies and develop a maintenance plan to ensure unsanitary conditions do not reoccur.  No illnesses related to the consumption of food from the facility have been reported.

Kanemitsu Bakery Inc. was subjected to an enforcement action by DOH in August 2000 for similar unsanitary conditions.

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