The Health Ministry held a surprise inspection on Thursday at Haba Bakery in Jerusalem and discovered that the bakery, situated in Mahane Yehuda, is operating without a business license and without a manufacturing license.
In addition, the ministry found that the bakery did not make any effort to improve following a previous review held before the holiday season. The inspectors discovered eggs that were not suitable for human consumption and cream cakes that were baked in sub-standard conditions. They destroyed 20 kg of cream cakes and 14 eggs which, in addition to being unfit to be eaten, were stamped with fake information to pass them as sanitary.
In a Thursday press release the ministry announced it will continue to enforce the law and ensure that the bakery will be held accountable.
Spoiled or contaminated food already led to one woman losing her fetus after she contracted Listeria during a meal at Goldy’s Restaurant between 2014-2015, according to Maariv, the sister publication of The Jerusalem Post.
Allegedly, deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman attempted to use his influence to keep the restaurant open even after it was discovered to be infested with Listeria germs. Litzman denied the allegations made against him.