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Queen St. food market shut down after mice seen in baklava shop

Toronto Public Health has closed a food market on Queen St. W., after video posted Saturday on social media showed two mice going through treats at a candy store in the building. Meli Baklava and Chocolate Bar came under fire after several passersby recorded the mice crawling on baklava while the store was closed.The entire Queen Live Fresh Food Market near John St., was shut down Monday morning after Toronto Public Health inspectors identified a rodent infestation in the building. Health officials said that they became aware of the issue Monday and immediately went to investigate. The food market has never had a complaint, warning or closure before, they said.There are five food vendors in the building, and health officials said all are affected.Article Continued BelowJulie Kyriakaki, one of four partners of Meli Baklava, said the mice were a problem for every vendor in the building because it was “an old building.”The food market at 238 Queen St. West was closed Monday by Toronto Public Health.  (Alina Bykova / TORONTO STAR) | Order this photo  The food market at 238 Queen St. West was closed Monday by Toronto Public Health after two mice were seen crawling through candy at one of its stores on the weekend.  (ALINA BYKOVA / TORONTO STAR) | Order this photo  She said the baklava the mice were seen nibbling on was “strictly for display,” and that they “never serve anything that’s open like that. Everything we offer to our customers is covered and protected.” The affected baklava was disposed of immediately, she said.

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