07/12/13
Food & Wine Editor
Risky Baking

A NY-based kosher bakery denies claims that it has pest problems.

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Zomick's kosher bakery, a major challah distributor for New York and New Jersey grocery stores, reportedly has a slew of health violations and bug infestations, though the bakery's employees claim that's a problem of the past.

On Thursday Patch.com posted a report claiming that the Inwood, New York-based bakery failed 10 of the last 17 inspections due to pest problems, citing instances of beetles, roaches, mice and even birds in the baking facilites and inside bags of cornmeal.

The bakery's challahs are sold in Whole Foods and Fairway.

But today, Rabbi Chaim, Zomick's resident rabbi, said the story is a fabrication. 

"The whole thing is false. We've passed through all kinds of inspections. The whole thing is just a prank, or I don't know what. But it is all false," Rabbi Chaim, who didn't provide a last name, said over the phone. He added that Zomick's regularly brings an inspector to the bakery to check for pests. 

The voluntary inspections were also reported in an article in Vos Iz Neias, an Orthodox news source. 

There are no known reports of Zomick's employees complaining about working in unhealthy or unsafe facilities, however, according to an article by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, an employee told a JTA reporter that there is some truth to the story, but the bakery is no longer a health risk.

“We have had an issue in the past and as of now it has been corrected,” the employee, who declined to be identified, told the JTA reporter. 

According to Vos Iz Neias, Zomick's next Department of Agriculture inspection is scheduled for next month. 

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Last Update:

07/13/2013 - 15:08

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To Our Loyal Customers,
In the spirit of transparency, I have to inform you that there is a negative story circulating in the social media featuring Zomick’s Bakery. Zomick’s Bakery is accused of failing inspections and infestations.
As to my knowledge, there has been NO RECALLS, NO PLANT SHUT DOWNS, and as of their last inspection they passed OVERWHELMING. Zomick’s is looking forward with absolute confidence to their next inspection.
Let me emphasize that at no time has the public safety has been compromised. Zomick’s has independently hired a qualified third party to assure public confidence.
In our age of instant social media we can fall victim to a situation, where with one quick swoop a targeted individual or business can be judged, tried, and convicted unfairly.
Attached is the official public statement announced by Zomick’s Bakery.
If you have any questions or concern, please feel free to contact me.

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