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L&I Insists Italian Market's No Target

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City officials denied they’were focusing on the Italian Market as they continued a crackdown on code violations among food purveyors. 

KYW’s Mike Dunn reports some vendors in and near the Italian Market said Licenses and Inspections agents have been coming out and searching for problems. 

Licenses and inspections spokeswoman Maura Kennedy says the department was being more pro-active, rather than waiting for complaints to come in. 

But she insisted the market is not being targeted:

“There is no specific focus on the Italian Market.  This is part of a greater effort the department has been doing for the past 18-months to two years.”

Councilman Frank DiCicco, whose district includes the Italian Market, said the issue wasn’t what was being done, but how aggressive the inspectors were toward the vendors:

“I mean there’s a right way and a wrong way.  These are working people, they’re not criminals.”

DiCicco said for the most part, Licenses and inspections  is simply doing the job its supposed to be doing.

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