Zeppole linked to salmonella outbreak

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A salmonella outbreak traced to some tainted Italian pastries has grown to 23 suspected cases.

The Rhode Island Health Department says it was a tip that led to the discovery of tainted zeppole at DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston. Twenty three people are sick. Thirteen are confirmed cases of salmonella. Of those, ten are hospitalized according to state health department spokeswoman Andrea Bagnall Degnos.

"Most of the people who are hospitalized are actually elderly which is one of the biggest concerns we have with salmonella is elderly, children, people who are immune-compromised," says Degnos.

Food inspectors who searched DeFusco Bakery found two problems with the Italian delicacies: the cream was found to be 100 degrees - 60 degrees hotter than allowed and the pastry shells may have come into contact with raw eggs from egg crates.

The pastries were sold through eight Rhode Island bakeries and should be disposed of immediately.

The bakeries are all five Crugnale bakeries, as well as Colvitto's Bakery in Narragansett, Sal's Bakery in Providence and Focaccia World in Johnston. They were also distributed by American Bakery Supplies in West Warwick.

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