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North Shore bakery sold food after being ordered to close for food safety violations

Paalaa Kai Bakery is being fined for selling food after it was shuttered by the Health Department. File Image. Paalaa Kai Bakery is being fined for selling food after it was shuttered by the Health Department. File Image.
The Health Department says the popular bakery can reopen once all violations are corrected. File Image. The Health Department says the popular bakery can reopen once all violations are corrected. File Image.
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WAIALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A popular Waialua bakery has been fined $22,000 for allegedly selling food after it was ordered to close down by the Health Department and for failing to fix multiple food safety violations.

The state closed down the Paalaa Kai Bakery on Oct. 6, after several inspections found the establishment had failed to fix refrigeration problems.

The Health Department issued a red "closed" placard to the bakery, the first since the state launched a new eatery inspection program last year.

The bakery, located at 66-945 Kaukonahua Rd., might request a hearing to contest the fine. No one answered the phone at the bakery Tuesday.

The state Health Department alleges the bakery re-opened Oct. 7, the day after it was ordered to close.

In a news release, the DOH said it issued the bakery a $12,000 fine for “numerous temperature violations,” and a $10,000 fine for selling products after it was ordered to close.

The state said the bakery will have to remain closed until all of its food safety violations are corrected.

Health Department officials have said Paalaa Kai was given five chances to address temperature requirements that are in place to prevent bacteria growth that can cause food borne illness.

"Food storage for perishable items have to be below 41 degrees. When we did the final follow up on October 6 -- numerous items like cold cuts, cream filled pastries, cocoa puffs, custard pies -- were all above 50 degrees, so they weren't even in the ballpark," said Peter Oshiro, director of Vector Control at the Health Department.

Before closing the bakery, the state conducted a food safety class for the owner and employees, but no changes were made.

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