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Molokai's Kanemitsu Bakery will pay $20,000 Health Dept. fine

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:26 a.m. HST, Feb 15, 2014

Molokai's Kanemitsu Bakery will pay $20,000 to settle food safety violations discovered by state Health Department inspectors.

The Department of Health suspended Kanemitsu Bakery's food establishment permit in April 2012 for numerous health code violations and for not complying with orders to stop all sales of products produced at the bakery, which is famous for its hot bread.

An inspection on June 20, 2012, revealed serious deficiencies in the maintenance and manufacturing practices, the Health Department said. The bakery reopened in November 2012 after it was finally able to pass inspections.

Administrative fines and permit suspensions are pursued when food facilities are unwilling to correct repeat violations or present imminent health threats, the Health Department said.

The bakery was initially fined $90,000 in May after unsanitary conditions were discovered in March.

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Bully wrote:
Amazing that the department of health got $20,000.00. Usually they propose a large fine then mitigate down to meaningless peanuts because the money goes to the State' general fund and not to the department of health.
on February 14,2014 | 09:02AM
Uh, yea, thats what going from $90K to $20K does.
on February 14,2014 | 04:44PM
sluggah wrote:
Bye bye, Kanemitsu. The little guy gets it in the wrong end. Awesome bread, I'll miss it.
on February 14,2014 | 09:13AM
MoTown808 wrote:
I loved their bread to, but if they were fined for unsanitary conditions AND they didn't immediately comply, perhaps we should wonder why their bread was SO "awesome"
on February 14,2014 | 09:20AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Great bread? What you thought were raisins were rat droppings. Bon appetite.
on February 14,2014 | 07:15PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hey, those are Molokai roaches in the bread. They're the tastiest kind!
on February 14,2014 | 10:18AM
paulokada wrote:
Why is there a problem if no complaints. Forgot to pay the dues.
on February 14,2014 | 03:56PM
The complaints came from the Health Inspector.
on February 14,2014 | 04:45PM
RandolphW wrote:
Molokai doesn't have many businesses left to fine.
on February 14,2014 | 04:27PM
iwanaknow wrote:
gonna have to sell alot of bread to cover da fine ya?
on February 14,2014 | 04:56PM
HD36 wrote:
I wonder how civilization survived for thousands of years without a health department checking our food?
on February 14,2014 | 07:54PM
localguy wrote:
Easy, people died, got sick, what ever.
on February 15,2014 | 05:05PM
i cant believe it..........................................why so LOW, Geopge Kanemitsu and Blossom Poepoe have been dishing out this rat and cockroach food to Molokais people for over 40 years. He buys Porche.s cars, and works off island, travels daily, on MONEY he made of the backs of the down trodden, and unsuspecting tourist, even our Kama'aina tha flock to this bakery to bring omiyage home. HE continues the rape of the people by letting his grease trap overflow into the streets, where people walk daily, and hot bread patrons stand in the sewage, waiting for more..................."hot Bread" time to boycott..................Now. Mahalo for Kathleen Sakamoto State of Hawaii Department of Health Employee, and others that came from off island, to do their job. These arropgant people, George Kanemitsu and BLossom Poepoe actually started an intimidation ring of Molokai's blinded citizens to harass and intimidate Kathleen. She stood tough even though her friends harassed her. The leader of that Intimidation Ring, Laweence Kalilikane has since died. Maybe the Bachi syndrome or simply Karma worked their ways into his eventual demise.................maybe these 2 will suffer his same fate, or maybe suffer some form of poverty prior to their exit interview....................maybe.
on February 15,2014 | 12:51AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Thanks eh, Waltah.
on February 15,2014 | 01:17AM
rat kaka..........
on February 15,2014 | 12:55AM
dlg808 wrote:
Was ono now it's - Oh no !!!!!!!!
on February 15,2014 | 06:33AM
cojef wrote:
Condemn the building, that's the only way to cure the problem. Simply demolish and re-build a new building with new sewer to enhance sanitation practices.
on February 15,2014 | 02:17PM
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