Government inspectors have warned a local bakery to clean up its building after an inspection found numerous violations.
Inspectors representing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration visited Delano Bakery, 1025 W. 29th St. North, on July 31. They found, according to the Sept. 5 letter, a small number of flies and beetles on the equipment and roaches in the building. The report said inspectors also found built-up flour, dough and oil on the equipment and around the building; equipment that was insufficiently clean; a ceiling with two leaks; inadequate screening to the building to keep out pests; and failure to keep vegetation outside the bakery cleared or cut back to reduce likelihood of pests getting in.
Owner Kelly Dumford has 15 working days from the receipt of the letter to show that he is taking steps to correct the violations.
Dumford on Friday acknowledged that the conditions cited in the letter were generally valid and that he has been working to get them fixed.
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He said none of the violations involved the food itself, nor the bowls used to mix the dough.
The beetles, he said, are grain weevils and he has been told by an exterminator that the only sure way to get rid of them is to raise the temperature inside the building high enough to kill them.
That will be difficult, Dumford said. In lieu of that, he said he is working to keep all surfaces in the bakery clean enough to discourage insects from being attracted.
He said he has mounted fans on the roof beams to blow residual flour dust out of the bakery every night, and is taking other measures.
It will be hard to get it all done within 15 working days, because some of the fixes are expensive, he said.
“But we are going to give it a hell of a try,” he said.