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Cockroaches, Fruit Flies Cause Of Fox & Obel Closing

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jul 16, 2013 5:45PM

Photo credit: Renee Rendler-Kaplan
Cockroaches and fruit flies were the health code violations behind gourmet grocer Fox & Obel's decision to close Monday.

According to DNAInfo Chicago, a suspected case of food poisoning at Fox & Obel led to an inspection of the store. Inspectors found over 200 fruit flies on the walls, ceiling and equipment of the grocery, while 30 cockroaches were found near cooking equipment and the bakery. Cooking equipment was found to have grease buildup and food particles on them, there were dirty cutting boards being used, a pastry case was found to have a missing door, grout on the floors in the kitchen, mop sinks and prep areas was ordered to be replaced, and there are stained ceiling tiles in need of replacement.

The Health Department has given Fox & Obel 10 days to fix the problems.