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Crain's Chicago Business reports that gourmet grocer Fox & Obel remains closed as a result of health code violations. According to the story, "The business failed a July 5 inspection after a suspected food poisoning incident, according to the city's food inspection records. The report details violations including more than 200 fruit flies in a food prep area, a cockroach sighting and failure to keep foods including sausages, eggs, hamburgers and chicken salad at sufficiently low temperatures, both in the deli displays and in coolers used during food preparation ... In a failed inspection last November, the inspector noted two live cockroaches in the coffee area and restaurant's food storage room, as well as 'tens of dead ones'."

The story notes that Fox & Obel "failed two inspections in 2012, two in 2011 and one in 2010, according to city records." The retailer is not commenting on the closure.

Yuck. Is there anything else that needs to be said?


• Weis Markets announced the launch of its 11th round of price freezes, effective in all 164 stores. More than 1,300 products have been reduced in price and will remain at these discounted levels for 90 days. Weis' current Price Freeze program includes name brand and private brand products in grocery, frozen, dairy, meat, health, beauty care and general merchandise. The company says that since the first freeze in 2009, "customers have saved more than $45 million" on various products.
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