Posted April 07, 2020 09:25:51S.
A.-based restaurant chain Duffy’s has been ordered to shut its doors and pay $4.9 million in penalties for allegedly violating federal food stamp rules.
The Duffies restaurants are part of the chain of restaurants, which also includes the restaurants at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General and the USDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
The violations occurred at locations in North Charleston, North Charleston-Charleston, North Carolina, and New York.
The Department of Justice is also looking into whether the violations could have been avoided.
Duffydys owner and CEO Robert Fennell says the restaurants are being forced to close because of the USDA regulations.
Fennelly says the government’s rules require that businesses provide information on the nutritional benefits of their food products.
The restaurant chain, which has restaurants in all 50 states, is now on probation.
Federal law says restaurants must post calorie counts on their menus, which must be clearly displayed on the premises.