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Inspectors Find Beetles in Ingredients, Roaches at Zomick's

Inwood-based bakery plagued by pest problems since 2005, according to state health inspections.

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Zomick’s Bakery is internationally known for its kosher breads, cakes and pastries, but you probably don't know the Inwood-based warehouse has battled an unhealthy pest problem since opening in 2005, according to inspection records from the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets.

In fact, Zomick’s, located at 85 Inip Drive in Inwood, has failed 10 of its last 17 inspections, all pest-related to some degree.

Inspectors have found vermin including cockroaches, beetles, mice and flies – even birds have been spotted flying around the facility on multiple occasions. All of these represent critical issues deemed health hazards by the state.

The good news is on Feb. 28, the facility passed inspection for the first time since July 2011. But prior to that, on Oct. 4, 2012, inspectors seized and destroyed 13, 50-pound bags of cornmeal that were infested with beetles.

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Just three months before that, on July 10, 2012, nearly 100 live cockroaches were found in various areas of the facility. The inspectors noted “40-50 live cockroaches, adults and nymphs, were observed in and around the crevices of wheels on a work table in the cookie baking area.” 

The beetle infestation also reared its head in the July 2012 inspection.

Rodents have also plagued the facility. In 2008, inspectors found “50-75 fresh and old intermingled rat droppings … observed in one corner of the receiving area. Signs of a rat's nest were also observed in this corner.”

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Despite the fact that the failures outweigh the passing grades, according to a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture and Markets, proceedings to remove a license would require four or more consecutive failing inspections.

The closest Zomick’s has come to having its license removed was from May 18, 2006  to Dec. 20, 2006. The facility failed three consecutive inspections before passing on May 10, 2007.

Reasons for the three consecutive failures ranged from “live birds noted flying over the baking area” to bags of flour “ found to be rodent defiled with mouse droppings and gnaw marks.”

Zomick’s has passed two consecutive inspections on two occasions, but has never passed three consecutive inspections. The bakery will look to pass its second straight inspection in August when the Department of Agriculture and Markets is scheduled to return.

Multiple phone calls to Zomick’s were not returned.


Complete Inspection History

Passed on February 28, 2013 (Details)
Failed on October 4, 2012 (Details)
Failed on July 10, 2012 (Details)
Passed on July 12, 2011 (Details)
Passed on January 5, 2011 (Details)
Failed on October 7, 2010 (Details)
Failed on July 29, 2010 (Details)
Passed on February 24, 2009 (Details)
Failed on December 1, 2008 (Details)
Passed on December 5, 2007 (Details)
Passed on May 10, 2007 (Details)
Failed on December 20, 2006 (Details)
Failed on July 28, 2006 (Details)
Failed on May 18, 2006 (Details)
Passed on February 14, 2006 (Details)
Failed on December 17, 2005 (Details)
Failed on July 19, 2005 (Details)

This story was originally published on July 11 at 11 a.m.
jeffrub July 13, 2013 at 09:01 AM
Is it just me, or is anyone else going to worry if the brown things in their new years Challah are raisins or not?
ftptch July 15, 2013 at 09:13 AM
DOV IM GLAD THAT U THINK THT IGNORING FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS IS OK FOR NONJEWISH PLACE BUT NOT JEWISH FOOD!!!!!!!!! SAD!!!!!!!!!!
Jacob S. July 15, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Typical Denial, Denial , Denial. Only face the problem when you get caught and then hire a publicist to cover it over. The county says Mice and Beetles, and more inspection failures than thought possible without Mandatory closure. No way, it's Just Bad Rumors, Loshon Horrah. In Fact their Publicist says so. By the way come on in for a Discount on Challahs.
Darcy Webb February 27, 2014 at 06:29 PM
This really isn't just an isolated incident. Just three months before that, on July 10, 2012, nearly 100 live cockroaches were found in various areas of the facility. The inspectors noted “40-50 live cockroaches, adults and nymphs, were observed in and around the crevices of wheels on a work table in the cookie baking area. The lack of health regulation and inspection is really what is going to lead to the downfall of these guys. Someone has to start taking personal accountability here. http://www.affordablepestcontrol.com.au/termites.htm
Phillius Thomas March 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Beetles in the egg thing? Live beetles? Or are they part of the ingredients? http://www.thepestguys.com.au/

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