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HEALTH Advises Consumers to Dispose of Cakes from Central Falls and Providence Bakery

The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers to dispose of all cakes sold from Emely Party Store and Bakery, 854 Dexter Street in Central Falls or Emely Party Store and Bakery, 568 Broad Street in Providence prior to August 1. During an investigation at the Broad Street location, HEALTH staff found that cake frosting was made with raw egg whites, there was bare hand contact with ingredients used in the frosting, and that raw egg whites were stored in containers not approved for reuse. The investigation was prompted by an illness outbreak associated with a birthday party.

The owner of Emely Bakery has been cooperative during the investigation and has made all of the changes recommended by HEALTH.

Food that is prepared with raw eggs can cause illness. The most common symptoms of foodborne illness are nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Salmonella may be present inside the shell of some raw eggs. To prevent foodborne illness, pasteurized eggs should be used for any products where eggs will not be thoroughly cooked. If raw or undercooked eggs are to be served by any food establishment, a consumer advisory must be provided to warn consumers that raw or undercooked eggs have been used and consuming the product may increase their risk of foodborne illness. High risk individuals such as the young, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems should not consume raw or undercooked foods of animal origin.

For more information about the Office of Food Protection visit www.health.ri.gov/foodprotection/ or call the Health Information Line at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711.

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 08-07-2012

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