Hawaiian bakery fined $20,000 for food safety violations

The Hawaii Department of Health announced Friday that it has reached a $20,000 settlement with Kanemitsu Bakery, which is known for its Molokai sweet bread, over violations related to food being sold under Kanemitsu Bakerypoor sanitary conditions.

Kanemitsu Bakery’s health violations date back to 2000.

More recently, the Department of Health suspended the 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. The department then closed the bakery after finding serious deficiencies in its maintenance and manufacturing practices, until a plan to correct the conditions was put in place. After failing multiple health inspections, it reopened in November 2012.