DeFusco's Zeppoles Salmonella Outbreak in Rhode Island


The Rhode Island Department of Health announced on March 25, 2011 that 19 illnesses had associated with the DeFusco's zeppole Salmonella outbreak. On April 18, officials announced that number was up to 79 people were ill, 30 hospitalized, and 2 had died. Of the ill, 75 were in Rhode Island and one in Massachusetts.

Distribution of Salmonella-contaminated zeppoles

The Salmonella-contaminated zeppoles were sold by American Bakery Supplies, a distributor in West Warwick, which purchased zeppoles from DeFusco's. The company then distributed the zeppoles to Roch's Market in West Warwick; Meal Works in Coventry; and Touch of Class Catering in West Warwick. Meal Works (a catering company) served these potentially Salmonella-contaminated zeppoles at events on March 17 and 18 at West Warwick Manor Senior Center, St John and Paul Church in Coventry, Sparrow Point (senior facility) in West Warwick, and Crescent Park Manor in Riverside.

Zeppoles from DeFusco’s Johnston store were also sold at all DeFusco’s locations; Colvitto’s Bistro in Narragansett; Sal’s Bakery in Providence; and Focaccia World in Johnston. All five Crugnale Bakery locations in Providence, East Providence, North Providence, Cranston, and Cumberland also sold DeFusco’s zeppoles from March 16 through March 20.

Defusco’s Zeppole Salmonella Recall

The Rhode Island Department of Health announced a recall of all baked goods sold at DeFusco’s Bakeries following an inspection of the Johnston, RI store where the pastries were made. Department of Health staff found pastry cream that is used in zeppoles and éclairs was stored at unsafe temperatures as well as unsanitary conditions that could be conducive for the growth of pathogens such as Salmonella. In the March 27, 2011 press release the Rhode Island Department of Health announced that the most likely cause of the Salmonella outbreak is consumption of zeppole pastries that came in contact with raw eggs. Pastry shells from DeFusco's had been stored in used egg crates, which could have exposed the shells to Salmonella-contaminated raw eggs.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

Symptoms of Salmonella infection begin anywhere from 6 to 72 hours after a person ingests Salmonella bacteria and typically last 3 to 7 days, though in some cases can last longer and be potentially fatal. Symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, and dehydration. In some cases they may include vomiting, headache, and body aches. Any person who believes they have contracted a Salmonella infection should consult a doctor immediately. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a Salmonella infection you should call your local health department to help ensure a larger outbreak does not take place.

Contact the Marler Clark Salmonella Attorneys

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