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Lawsuit Filed Against DeFusco's Bakery

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by News Desk | Apr 05, 2011

A Bristol County, Massachusetts mother filed suit Monday against the Rhode Island bakery whose zeppole have been determined to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens.

The lawsuit was filed in Superior Court in Providence by Seattle food-safety law firm Marler Clark and Cooley Manion Jones, a Boston-based law firm, on behalf of the mother and her teenage son.

According to the claim, the plaintiff purchased zeppole at DeFusco's Bakery in Johnston, RI on March 18, 2011. Her son ate two of the pastries, one on March 18 and one on March 19, 2011. The child fell ill with symptoms of Salmonella infection, including abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever on March 19. His symptoms worsened over the next several days, and he required medical care on March 25. A stool specimen submitted for testing was returned positive for Salmonella.

"As a lot of Rhode Islanders and Massachusetts residents found out during this outbreak, Salmonella infections are more than just a tummy ache," said attorney Bill Marler, who represents the family. "Our client has still not fully recovered from his illness."

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