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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Logan Square-based food vendor is being probed by the city Health Department, after the Chicago Tribune reported watching the vendor’s workers preparing food under dubious sanitary conditions.

Home Bakery and Festivals, based at 2910 N. Central Park Ave., had been set to provide food at the Taste of Lincoln Avenue, which will be held this weekend along Lincoln between the junctions with Halsted Street and Fullerton Avenue, and Sheffield and Wrightwood avenues.

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But the vendor’s permit was taken away, and the company will be forbidden from providing food at any summer festival until an investigation is completed, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The city requires food vendors to prepare their wares in conditions that city inspectors have deemed sanitary, and are rarely allowed to prepare food outside, the Tribune reported.

But three different times in the past month, the newspaper reported catching workers preparing food in the backyard of the Home Bakery and Festivals headquarters, where hundreds of eggs sat out in the heat, and buckets used for food were washed out with hose water.

The owner of the business, Peter Matyszewski, is well-known in the Polish food industry, the Tribune reported. He cleaned up the business after talking to the Tribune last week, the newspaper reported.

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