Baker Fired Over Refusal To Use Bug-Infested Flour


A baker who discovered bugs in the flour was told to use it anyway in crunchy multi-grain bread.

Stefan Fischer, spent $2,500 to relocate from California in February, in order to accept a job as a master baker with Bakery of New York in Long Island City, but was fired in July after refusing to follow orders to use buggy flour.

Fischer, who is certified in food safety, found bugs in a 3,000-pound flour silo.  He took a photo of the bugs, then sent a text to his boss, telling him he would throw away the floor so the silo could be cleaned professionally.  The boss had other plans.

Marco Avila, co-owner of the business, allegedly ordered Fischer to just use the flour to make multigrain bread, as no one would notice it in the crunchy bread.    Fischer refused the order, and was immediately fired, reports NY Daily News.

Now the baker has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, asking for lost wages, reimbursement of the $2,500 he spent in moving expenses to take the job, and… he wants his $75,000 job back.

In addition to bugs in the flour, Fischer alleges that the bakery also left garbage cans and dairy containers open, creating a health risk.    He said he had made other previous complaints about lack of cleanliness at the bakery, which were ignored.

Fischer, who is originally from Germany, has a degree in bread baking from Berufs Fachschule in Germany, and has 30 years of experience in the industry.

The Bakery of New York advertises its “all-natural” bread products, but it may have included more of nature than customers were aware of.

IMPORTANT NOTE:   The Bakery of New York, located at 4356 10th Street in Long Island City, New York, is also listed as “All Natural Bakery, Inc.”   Information under both entities say the business was established in 1993.

This does NOT appear to be the same company as the “New York Bakery” which was founded over 100 years ago and soon thereafter relocated to Cleveland, Ohio.   

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