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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