MKs will have to bring food from home after infected cafeterias shut down

October 18, 2007 16:25


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The Knesset's two cafeterias - for MKS and for the general public - have been closed by the Health Ministry after routine tests in the kitchen were found infected with Listeria bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes, named in honor of 18th-century English surgeon Dr. Joseph Lister who promoted the idea of sterile surgery, is a bacterium commonly found in sewage, plants, food, stream water and the soil. The pathogens can cause infections that are dangerous mostly to pregnant women. After the lab tests confirmed the presence of Listeria, the report was sent to the ministry, which ordered the closing of the kitchen and cafeterias and suitable cleaning and disinfection. The ministry will continue to follow the situation and decide when to allow its reopening. In the meantime, hungry MKs, staffers and visitors had best bring sandwiches from home.

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