2004-01-30 / Community

Harbor Bakery Closed by Health Department

By Brendan Brosh
Harbor Bakery Closed by Health Department By Brendan Brosh

Once known for its fresh breads and pastries, the Harbor Bakery is now known for its "fresh mice droppings," according to a January 22 Department of Health inspection. The Bakery was cited for nine violations of the city’s health code.

The Bakery was ordered to close its doors and to cease "all food and beverage processing85without prior authorization of the Department of Health."

The description of violations details hundreds of fresh mice droppings in the food preparation area, dry goods storage area, basement, on the bread slicer, near the dough mixer, on the shelves and elsewhere.

Also noted was "one mounted can opener85.in baking area85.extremely dirty and encrusted with old food particles"; "approximately four bags of flour stored next to the men’s restroom"; "food not protected from potential source of contamination"; and "open bait stations observed on floor in rear of basement dry good storage area."

"The active rodent population was the basis for shutting down this business," said Andrew Tucker of the Department of Health.

In order for the business to reopen, the Bakery must "demonstrate to us that the problem is fixed" says Tucker.

Although the bakery was cited for four violations in a March 26, 2003 health inspection, none of the violations were serious enough at the time to close the business.

The owners of the business are required to appear for a hearing on February 6 in Manhattan to discuss the violations.

It is unclear if Harbor Bakery will be allowed to open before the February 6 hearing.

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