A settlement has been reached between the State Department of Health and Kanemitsu Bakery that will require the local bakery to pay $20,000 for a series of health violations that occurred in 2012.
The 76-year-old Kaunakakai business was shut down in June 2012 after failing its second health inspection after a customer found an ant in a loaf of bread. Administrative fines and permit suspensions are pursued when food facilities are unwilling to correct repeat violations or present imminent health threats.
In the first inspection in March 2012, DOH inspectors found “serious deficiencies in the maintenance and manufacturing practices at the facility.” Kanemitsu was fined $90,000 in May for the failed March inspection, which owner George Kanemitsu subsequently appealed.
A follow-up inspection in September of 2012 showed that some of the problems had been remedied but uneven floors and openings in the walls and ceilings were still evident. Kanemitsu did not reopen until November 2012.
“We expect that Kanemitsu Bakery will comply with all food safety rules and regulations,” said Gary Gill, DOH deputy director of Environmental Health. “It is both a legal requirement and a moral responsibility to ensure that food sold to the public is safe, wholesome and uncontaminated.”