Kanemitsu Bakery, one of the oldest and most well established businesses on Molokai, received a $90,000 fine today from the state Department of Health for operating in unsanitary conditions.
A release issued by the DOH said that the violations occurred March 7-8. Apparently, no illnesses related to food from the bakery have been reported.
On March 7, an inspection uncovered, “serious deficiencies in the maintenance and manufacturing practices at the facility,” including improper cleaning and sanitizing of cooking implements and surfaces, inadequate rodent control, lack of hot water and general unsanitary conditions, the Health Department said.
The large fine was a result of the bakery failing to stop all sales and product distribution until the deficiencies were fixed, as ordered. The bakery has now corrected its major violations and has been allowed to resume business while fixing the remaining deficiencies and developing a plan to prevent future violations.
This is not the first time Kanemitsu has been fined for unsanitary conditions. A similar DOH action against the bakery took place in 2000.
The 80-year old bakery is famous for serving late night hot bread, split open and slathered with jelly, cream cheese, butter, cinnamon or sugar and sold in the alley behind the business on Ala Malama Avenue in Kaunakakai.