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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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(Credit:melissaschapmanwriter/Instagram)

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.
Sandy Beach July 11, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Is that a Kosher bakery?
Jaime Sumersille July 11, 2013 at 03:32 PM
@Sandy Beach: "Zomick’s Bakery is internationally known for its kosher breads, cakes and pastries..." - Jaime Sumersille, Regional Editor, Nassau County
Susan Abramowitz July 11, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Why doesn't the Va'ad inform about this? I thought roaches are not kosher.
David Brier July 12, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Why are kosher bakeries so filthy??
Dov Herman July 12, 2013 at 07:43 AM
Sooooo how many out there will skip over Zomicks for the foreseeable future?
Lisa July 12, 2013 at 08:06 AM
I have read the article over & over again...it states that they DID pass inspection!!
Alvin July 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Where was the VAAD? How could they let something like this happen? No doubt they saw what a mess this place was. They are pathetic and it's clear all they care about is $. As I sit here as a nauseous former Zomicks customer, I hold the VAAD accountable.
Lisa July 12, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Zomick's is not a mess!! The article clearly states that they have passed inspection.
ftptch July 12, 2013 at 03:05 PM
lisa for 1st time sinc 2011........................digusted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
David July 12, 2013 at 03:17 PM
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.
Dov Herman July 12, 2013 at 03:30 PM
With all due respect, why did it need to get to this point before a third party was called in to help. My family has been buying and eating Zomicks every shabbos for years and years and I'm pretty grossed out . So there was no shutdown or recall but that answer is good enough for a treif bakery not one owned and managed by frum ehrliche yidden and trusted by the entire community! Very sorry but an official statement isn't good enough.
Lisa July 12, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Thank-you David for writing such a candid letter regarding the negative implications that have been targeted at Zomick's Bakery. I would also like to emphasize that in the years (plural) in which I have been a customer of Zomick's, besides being professional at all times, they have always held their customers to be a priority; they would never jeopardize public safety/health. I have full confidence in Zomick's that they will continue to work for and hold their high-standard in Kosher baked-goods.
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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