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News Fri Feb 05 2010
According to the Tribune's The Stew, inspectors from the city's Department of Health "seized, slashed open and poured bleach over thousands of dollars of local peaches, pears, raspberry and plum purees owned by pastry chef Flora Lazar" of Flora Confections. More than a thousand dollars worth of food prepared by the Sunday Supper Club, which shares the same kitchen, was also destroyed, although none of the inspectors was willing to say that the food imposed any danger to the public. Sounds like the unclear licensing requirement, concerning shared kitchens, is to blame. Read the whole heartbreaking post over at The Stew.
UPDATE (Tuesday, February 9): According to the Chicago Public Radio, health officials shut down the kitchen at Kitchen Chicago, where Flora Confections and other small-scale food start-ups share the kitchen. On Monday, inspectors returned to destroy more food. Chicago's unclear licensing requirements have some of Kitchen Chicago's clients considering a move out to the suburbs.