Bridgeport store faces $2,282 fine in e-liquid sale to minor
BRIDGEPORT - A North Avenue convenience store was issued a $2,282 civil penalty by the federal Food and Drug Administration in late May after violating tobacco sale laws four times in the past two years, documents said.
The Shell Food Mart located at 915 North Ave. was first issued warning letters in 2018 after a two-part compliance check done by FDA-commissioned inspectors on March 8 and March 13 of that year found that the establishment had sold an e-liquid product to a minor without verifying the customer's age and that the store was selling individual cigarettes. Selling to a minor and failing to check identification are two separate violations, according to federal authorities.
Another inspection in July 2018 revealed that the store had sold an e-liquid product to a minor and again failed to ask for identification, documents said.
Due to the four violations within 24 months, the FDA is seeking a $2,282 civil penalty.
The establishment has 30 days to request a hearing on the penalty.