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.