The Dumpster Task Force today closed a Northwest Side bakery that specializes in European style breads because of ongoing pest problems.
Inspectors visited the Kazik Bakery, 5806-5808 N. Milwaukee Ave., and found more than 200 flying insects and more than 100 crawling insects on various food products, baking equipment and food prep surfaces, according to a news release from the city Department of Streets and Sanitation.
Flying insects were seen on raw sour dough that was uncovered and in the process of leavening, according to the release. Also, inspectors found crawling insects where bread dough had been packed into woven baskets so that it would pick up the imprint of the baskets' patterns.
The Task Force closed the Kazik Bakery for three critical violations, for inadequate pest control and the two instances of failing to protect food from contamination, the release said.
In order to reopen, the bakery must revamp its pest control and cleaning plans, make sure that the business is clean and pest free, and pass a follow-up inspection.