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Belmont-Cragin Grocery Store Closed After Flies Are Found Everywhere

Cermak Produce

Cermak Produce, 4800 W. Diversey Ave., is closed due to an infestation of flies. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — City inspectors shut down a grocery store in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood this week, after finding insects buzzing around everywhere.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports, inspectors from the Dumpster Task Force visited Cermak Produce No. 3 at 4800 W. Diversey Ave. to follow up on a complaint, and had no problem finding problems.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports

They closed the store due to an infestation of flying insects and related sanitary problems, a release from the city’s Dept. of Streets & Sanitation said.

More than 800 flying insects were spotted in total. Many of them were spotted sitting on and above produce areas where roots, onions, corn and other vegetables were on display.

Large concentrations of flies were seen crawling on walls in the meat display area. Flies were also found in the bakery, lounging on top of a loaf of French bread and exploring a doughnut in a display case, the department said.

More than 140 mouse droppings were also found in an isolated, non-food area in the back of the store.

The store was closed for the critical violations of inadequate pest control and failure to protect food from contamination.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.