Droppings In PA Capitol Cafeteria 'Excessive'

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - It seems that rodent droppings in thecafeteria at Pennsylvania's state Capitol in Harrisburg were justabout everywhere.

The inspection report released Tuesday by the state AgricultureDepartment says the rodent droppings were excessive and on foodpreparation equipment, in cabinets, utensil bins and elsewhere.

It says the now-closed cafeteria had a "severe" rodentinfestation.

State employees were told this week by the state Office ofAdministration that the cafeteria wouldn't reopen before January.

Aramark Corp., the Philadelphia-based food service company thatruns the cafeteria, is working with state workers to clean it up.

The ground-floor cafeteria is a popular coffee and lunch spotfor visitors to the statehouse and people who work there.

The droppings indicate the presence of live mice and areconsidered an imminent health risk.

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