box.jpgFelice Freyer reports that swabs taken from cardboard boxes where empty pastry shells were stored at DeFusco’s Bakery in Johnston, tested positive for Salmonella. The boxes previously held raw eggs. If any of those eggs were infected and had broken open, residue in the boxes could have led to the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens of people, health officials say.

In addition, nine new cases were reported Friday, bringing the total to 56, with 26 needing hospitalization, an unusually high rate of hospitalization for Salmonella. It was reported that as of yesterday 9 people still remained hospitalized.