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DOH shuts down Molokai's Kanemitsu bakery

DOH shuts down Kanemitsu Bakery DOH shuts down Kanemitsu Bakery
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawaii Department of Health has shut down Kanemitsu Bakery in Molokai for producing baked goods under unsanitary conditions. 

State health officials met with owner George Kanemitsu on Monday and suspended the bakery's permit until a plan of correction is completed and approved.

On June 15 the DOH received an anonymous public complaint alleging that insects and foreign substances were found in bread rolls purchased from Kanemitsu Bakery. 

This led to an investigation of the facility by health officials on June 20.

The facility also has pending violations that resulted in the DOH issuing a $90,000 penalty for unsanitary conditions found during routine inspections conducted in March of this year.

The inspection on June 20 revealed serious deficiencies in the maintenance and manufacturing practices conducted at the facility including: visual sighting of rodents during the inspection, no water available at the rinse compartment of the sink, unclean food preparation surfaces, no soap and hand towels at hand washing sinks, and general unsanitary conditions.

In order to assist Kanemitsu Bakery in correcting the conditions that led to the permit suspension, the DOH is working closely with the owner and providing a check-list of concerns that need to be addressed by the facility in order for their permit to be reinstated. 

The bakery portion of the Molokai facility will remain closed while an intensive mitigation plan developed with the DOH is completed, and measures are taken to ensure consistent and lasting compliance with all food safety regulations. 

The restaurant portion of the facility remains open and was not included in the permit suspension as it operates out of a separate, permitted kitchen. 

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

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