RI officials trace salmonella outbreak to eggs

March 28, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Rhode Island Department of Health says a salmonella outbreak appears to be connected to raw eggs.

The department said Sunday it has received reports of 25 possible salmonella cases connected to tainted pastries made by a Johnston bakery.

The department said Sunday of those, 13 have tested positive for salmonella and 10 have been hospitalized.

Health officials say the common thread appears to be the consumption of zeppoles (ZEH'-puh-luhz), an Italian pastry similar to a doughnut, made by DeFusco's Bakery.

The department says the pastry shells had been stored in used egg crates, which could have exposed them to infected raw eggs. Health experts are now trying to pinpoint the source of infection in the eggs.

The owner of DeFusco's voluntarily closed the bakery until further notice.