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Bakery Recall Possibly Linked to 13 Hospitalizations

The state Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of salmonella that could be linked to a recall of baked goods sold at DeFusco's Bakery and Crugnale Bakery.

The state Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of salmonella that might be linked to yesterday's recall of baked goods from DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston and Cranston.

A total of 19 people have fallen ill, the health department said, and 13 have been hospitalized. Nine of the 19 have tested positive for salmonella and many of the sick reported consuming zeppoles from DeFusco's Bakery.

The health department's Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Office of Food Protection and the State Laboratory "continue to investigate the source of the illness and are working to identify additional retail outlets where DeFusco's sells cream pastries," the health department said in a release.

To date, the health department has identified a number of locations that sold the zeppoles. They are:

  • DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston and Cranston.
  • All five Crugnale Bakery locations in Providence, East Providence, North Providence, Cranston and Cumberland.
  • Colvitto's Bistro s in Narragansett.
  • Sal's Bakery in Providence.

The health department is recommending anyone who purchased zeppoles from any of the above locations to immediately discard all products. Anyone who has eaten any baked goods from DeFusco's Bakery and got sick should call their doctor immediately.

was issued after health inspectors found pastry cream stored at unsafe temperatures "as well as unsanitary conditions in the store," the release stated. The DeFusco's Bakery location in Johnston was voluntarily closed until further notice.

Salmonella will incubate in the body from one to three days after being ingested. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, cramps and fever that lasts from four days to a week. Young children and the elderly are at higher risk. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/

Updated March 27: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Calvitto's in Narragansett as one of the established the health department identified as selling the zeppoles from DeFusco's.

Rob T March 27, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Amazing... DeFusco's NEVER had good quality... how have they stayed in business for so long? How have they made so much money? Hard to believe DeFusco's was able to stay in business for so long without ANY QUALITY products! Golden, how is that possible? Why would so many people go there and buy their food, for so long, knowing that it was STALE? Maybe they just had everyone brainwashed. I would have thought that if a bakery sold poor quality food that was always stale that it wouldn't take long before they went out of business. How do you explain this phenomenon, Golden?
Golden March 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Rob that is a good ? as I witnessed years ago a clerk re wrapping the pound cakes with the plastic wrap,when I asked what are you doing she responded we re wrap to make them look "fresh" I said that is considered day old............you get what you pay for and their prices were cheaper than the average years ago,the few times I purchased from them, on Cranston St. one of the original locstions the products were never good,so I haven't been to a DeFusco's in at least 10 yrs. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on ME. I like the best quality avaliable and DeFusco's NEVER had the best quality. It's all an opinion and this is my opinion. I go to one bakery for bread ,one for pasteries, one for spinach pies,pizza,if I am buying it I want the best there is...if I buy something and I am not satisfied I will tell the retailer, I try again & it's not good, I NEVER return there,simple decision.. I can only imagine what will happen now, with all those people sick,remember their "zeppoles" were sold in many local bakeries!!!!! UGH Have a good day!!!!!
Rob T March 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Golden, You are certainly entitled to your opinion, no question. I don't go there myself, but know plenty of people who do. They were surprise that something like this could have happened. They say they've been going there for years and they love the food, the people... everything. Interesting how your opinion comes out when this story breaks. Nothing like kicking someone when they're down, right? Have a nice day.
Melissa Cote March 28, 2011 at 06:38 PM
If you ever knew how many restaurants, bakeries, markets, etc. have been cited for unsanitary conditions you would starve. I believe Defusco's closed down voluntarily, but many places do not.
Golden March 29, 2011 at 12:49 PM
I am entitled to my opinion,in fact my sister goes there, she says the biscuits are delish,good for her, I haven't been in their store since 1999. I patronize 3 bakery's in Cranston and Gregg's (awesome baked goods) I do know how many places have issues it's ALL public knowledge on the health dept, web site along with many other issues of public people, Dr.s vets etc.................. Why would my opinion come out before this,hello where would I write it? If anyone asked me how is Defusco's I would I don't go there, I don't care for their goods,simple. I hope they can recover from this incident but you know everyone is sue happy!!!! Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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