Sushi restaurant in Jerusalem closed immediately due to Listeria risk

Health Ministry issues closing order against Sushi Garden in Jerusalem due stating restaurant posed immediate danger to public health.

September 21, 2014 17:47
Sushi Garden closed immediately due to Listeria risk

Sushi Garden closed immediately due to Listeria risk. (photo credit: JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY)

An immediate closing order was issued on Sunday by the Municipal Court for Local Affairs and the Health Ministry against Sushi Garden, a restaurant at 21 Rehov Yirmiyahu in Jerusalem’s Romema quarter. Ministry inspectors said the restaurant presented an immediate danger to public health if it remained open. As a result, municipal authorities asked for the urgent court order, which was issued on the spot.

Inspectors found that it was operating without a license and had very bad hygienic conditions. An epidemiological investigation by the ministry uncovered the case of a pregnant woman who miscarried after suffering from listeriosis. The ministry said there is a  possibility that the source of the bacterial infection was food made in the Sushi Garden restaurant.

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The ministry reiterated that uncooked fish, as in sushi, could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, and eating the bacteria can cause serious conditions in people with weak immune systems and cause miscarriage.

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