A 7-ELEVEN store which twice sold soft ice cream with illegal levels of bacteria was fined $6,000 in Eastern Court yesterday. The firm's licensing officer pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to two charges of breaching the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance. Prosecutor Harnam Samra said on August 11 and September 14 last year, a food inspector bought a sample of soft ice cream from the 7-Eleven store at Lai Tak Tsuen, Tai Hang, for testing. Both samples were sealed before the vendor of the store. Examination showed the first sample contained 1,100 coliform organisms per gram while the second had 240 per gram, well above the legal limit of 100 coliform organisms per gram for frozen food. While the bacteria can cause gastroenteritis, there was no suggestion that any customer had suffered as a result of eating ice cream bought at the store. Magistrate Allan Au ordered the company to pay examination fees of $720 and to refund the $5 spent on ice cream samples to the Urban Services Department, in addition to the fine.