WICKER PARK – A grocery store in Wicker Park reopened Monday after its permit was temporarily suspended last week following two failed city health inspections.
Aldi, 1753 N. Milwaukee Ave., was slammed Friday with a “License Suspended” notice from the Chicago Department of Public Health’s food protection program, according to reports on the entries. Those signs have since been removed.
The supermarket failed two inspections in July after city inspectors found hundreds of “small flying insects,” according to city data.
According to a July 19 report, inspectors found “about 100 small flying insects” near product containers in the retail area of the store and “about 100 small flying insects” on the walls of a rear storage facility.
According to the report, inspectors also found “more than 500 small flying insects” near dumpsters in a garbage can.
“Observed excessive food waste (production) on the ground around the dumpsters contributing to the pest activity in the store. The waste containers are also full of waste, so that the lids cannot close completely. Management was instructed to clean and maintain the indoor waste area at all times and to ensure sufficient waste is collected to eliminate pests,” the report said.
The store failed a follow-up inspection on Wednesday.
At the time, inspectors found “about 50 small flying insects around and in the boxes and containers of products in the retail space,” as well as “about 100” insects in the rear storage area, the report said.
“Additional pest control is needed to eliminate pest activity,” the report said.
Aldi also failed to provide hand-wash soap in the men’s and women’s bathrooms, among other plumbing issues, and the women’s bathroom ceiling was leaking, the report said Wednesday.
After being closed for a weekend, the supermarket reopened on Monday. An Aldi spokesperson did not return a request for comment.
This isn’t the first time this year that Wicker Park Aldi has had problems with its health department. The location failed an inspection in April, city data shows.
An April 18 report found “garbage and trash” on the floor near dumpsters in the indoor waste room and “no lidded bins” in the women’s bathroom.
The supermarket went through a follow-up inspection on April 26.
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