All remaining food and environmental samples taken from DeFusco’s bakery have tested negative for Salmonella. · HEALTH has issued a compliance order to DeFusco’s bakery that both the Johnston and Cranston locations remain closed until HEALTH approves reopening. The compliance order also states that DeFusco’s must get written permission from HEALTH before selling or discarding any bakery equipment and must provide any information related to the investigation that HEALTH requests. · HEALTH has issued compliance orders to all employees of DeFusco’s bakery requiring them to submit stool samples for testing at HEALTH’s lab.
Cases of Illness between March 14 – April 7, 2011
• 79 Cases Total (78 in Rhode Island, 1 in Massachusetts)
• 30 Hospitalizations (2 Discharged, 1 Current)
• 48 Lab-confirmed Salmonella
• 2 Salmonella-associated Deaths
Any future updates will be posted on HEALTH’s website at http://www.health.ri.gov/news/foodprotection/
The Johnston Patch has been covering the outbreak and our firm’s involvement – Lawyer: DeFusco’s Zeppole Salmonella Case Among Worst in 20 years.