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BEH temporarily shuts down Twins Market in Dandan

TWINS Market in Dandan was shut down for more than two hours by the Bureau of Environmental Health on Wednesday due to a documentation issue. The store was also fined $1,500 for accepting food from suppliers without a food-handler’s certificate.

A Notice of Closure sticker was posted at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, on the establishment’s door, informing the public that Twins was closed for business.

According to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., Twins Market failed to provide records of the vendors it does business with, or copies of the business licenses of the vendors, food-handler certificates for employees of the vendors who deliver food to Twins Market, or sanitary permits for the delivery vehicles.  

BEH fined three delivery trucks for poor sanitary practices, and one was issued a “cease and desist” order.

“Twins Market was [fined] $1,500 for accepting produce from a non-permitted delivery vehicle and for accepting deliveries from two individuals delivering food without food-handler certificates. The two individuals were fined $500 each,” the statement said.

BEH also fined four vendors and placed two on suspension.

According to CHCC public information officer Samantha Birmingham-Babauta, health inspectors returned to Twins Market later the same day and allowed it to re-open at 4 p.m.

“BEH Director John Tagabuel will meet with representatives from Twins Market this week to work toward corrective action,” she said.

“There is required documentation for every vendor that sells food and drink in the store,” Tagabuel said in a phone interview.

He said Twins Market could not show the required documents from vendors who supply the store with drinks and food.

“Unfortunately, the document files are not complete,” he said. “But it is just documentation, nothing serious.”

BEH health inspectors regularly visit stores and other food-selling and -prepping establishments, he added.

“It is the responsibility of BEH to ensure consumer safety, and the safety of all food and drinks in the CNMI,” CHCC stated.

It reminds food handlers that their delivery vehicles and workers must have sanitary permits and a food-handler certificates. In addition, they must be able to provide copies of these documents to the establishments to which they deliver food and drinks.