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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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