Hawaii Legislators Learn Their Charity Bake Sale Runs Afoul of Health Department Rules

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Lawmakers from the state House have been plastering elevator walls with flyers offering food for sale — everything from $8 Filipino plate lunches to root beer floats to brownies à la mode — as part of a traditional weeklong sale that doubles as a benefit for the Hawaii Food Bank fund-raiser. But the health department is now warning the group that they may become sick, or sicken their constituents, if they consume food that wasn’t prepared in inspected kitchens. Worse still, legislators selling food without permits can be hit with fines of $1,000 per day, but that’s obviously not going to happen. “We will send a courtesy letter to the Senate president and the speaker of the House, just to let them know that all the lawmakers are affected by this law also,” a DOH official tells KITV News. [KITV]