Lawsuit Filed in Rhode Island Salmonella Outbreak from DeFusco’s Zeppole

04/05/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Providence, RI — A lawsuit has been filed in connection with the salmonella outbreak that sickened 56 people in Rhode Island. The mother of a 16-year-old Rehoboth boy who became sick from eating a zeppole from DeFusco’s Bakery subsequently filed the lawsuit on Monday, April 4, 2011 in the Providence Superior Court, reported the Providence Journal.

The bakery was shut down on March 25, after tests found salmonella in cardboard boxes where empty pastry shells had been stored at the bakery.

All but one of the fifty-four people who were infected reported eating a baked product from DeFusco’s.

According to the lawsuit, Erin Carrera of Rehoboth, Mass., bought zeppole, a custard-filled pastry, at the Johnston bakery on March 18. Her son, identified only as “J.C.,” ate one zeppola that day and one the next. Then on March 19, J.C. began to experience cramping, diarrhea and fever. A stool culture test did provide a positive result for salmonella.

The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages for his suffering and reimbursement for medical expenses and lost work time. The lawsuit further notes that the victim has not fully recovered from the food poisoning.

The Health Department reported that 10 of the 26 people who required hospitalization are still in the hospital. A Providence man in his 80s died in the salmonella outbreak.

The boxes that contained the empty pastry shells had previously held eggs; and if any were infected and broke open, the residue could have came into contact with the already baked pastries. Thorough cooking usually kills salmonella.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Rhode Island personal injury lawyers.

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