Health Dept. Shuts Down Daily Bread

The former Bristol Bakery was hit with several health violations, the state Department of Health reported Friday.

Customers are advised not to eat anything from after the Rhode Island Department of Health shut down the bakery Friday for multiple health violations.

The Health Department cited multiple violations during an Office of Food Protection inspection. The bakery at 87 Gooding Ave., formerly known as Bristol Bakery, failed to correct several violations from a previous inspection and new violations were also cited during the follow-up inspection, the Health Department reported Friday afternoon.

Bristol Bakery has been ordered to correct all deficiencies outlined in the food inspection investigation report (which can be viewed at http://www.health.ri.gov/foodprotection/), have all pests eliminated by a licensed pest control operator, and clean and sanitize all food contact surfaces.

The Health Department has ordered Bristol Bakery to remain closed until it passes a re-inspection and is approved to reopen. Calls to Daily Bread for comment went unanswered.

David Bibeault July 14, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I'd like to see the report and the owners side, before making any judgements - I have no faith in any government agency in doing anything right. "have all pests eliminated by a licensed pest control operator" could be anything from a major infestation to seeing an ant on the counter.
Richard V. July 14, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Unfortunately these numerous violations recorded by the Health Department have been going on for many years. It's a shame that this business was not closed years ago when the owner never seemed to correct any of the problems. The retail area appears to be clean and well maintined but it is what goes on behind closed doors that matters the most and all was not well there for sure. I can't imagine anyone running a food business would allow such outrageous and unsanitary practices to occur knowing that customers could become sick and possibly die as a result of eating these products. How can anyone patronize this business again? A trusting customer no more. Richard
Richard V. July 14, 2012 at 02:30 AM
The reports can be found n the DOH website and go back many years. Seems to me the owner should have been vigorously defending his establishmentand and not been absent during this last inspection.
PHILIP SHARAC July 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM
This bakery, while not as good as Seven Stars in Providence, is in my opinion the best in Bristol and Aquidneck. Living most of my life in NYC, I have known some great bakery's and was thrilled that we had a great bakery here in Bristol, my new home. This news is shocking and disappointing, what a shame.
Henry Ellsworth July 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Didn't anyone notice the bread is outside on the sidewalk to cool off everyday. How many flies were on your bread before you ate it. If you saw it on the news you could still see the racks outside. Yummy
bristolyte July 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I suggest that everyone go to the Department of Health website listed in the article and do the advanced search using zipcode 02809 as the filter....I mean really why vilify one establishment when nearly every restaurant, bakery, and supermarket has violations in this town. Now I see why dining in is the new dining out!
Petey July 14, 2012 at 01:33 PM
That's too bad that you have absolutely no faith in government. The people who work at DOH will continue protect your health, though. Here's the report: http://ri.digitalhealthdepartment.com/_templates/62/Restaurant/_report_full.cfm?inspID=384279&domainID=62&userID=0&rtype=Restaurant&SubType=
Margaret July 14, 2012 at 01:35 PM
the flies were NOT alone feasting before the paying customers! TOTAL disregard for their trusting customers' safety. sad....so filthy sad Inspector Comments on only two of the violations: Bread placed on racks that have not been washed, rinsed and sanitized. Bread placed on table where an unclean dust pan had been placed. Bread placed on racks that are stored outdoors, birds were observed perched on racks that were stored outdoors. Bread was observed being placed in the hatchback of a private vehicle, the bread was directly on a plastic rack, unwrapped and exposed to the environment. Bread was observed being transported across a parking lot to the retail store in open plastic racks,unwrapped, without protection from the environment. Racks with bread on them were observed with multiple bird droppings. Bread observed on a cooling rack in contact with dried bird droppings. Dried rodent dropping were observed on shelves where packaged cookies and bread crumbs are stored More than enough in the findings to make anyone vomit NO THANKS for the free cookie samples Six year old owner/manager would know better! Breached this customer's trust....forever!
Giordano Bruno July 14, 2012 at 01:50 PM
It was surprising and disappointing to see the violations go back a few years. I hope they correct them soon and reopen, although I know it will be difficult to rebound from such bad publicity. Perhaps the wholesale end of the business got too large but that's still no excuse. It is unfortunate there are no local bakeries that offer the variety of breads on a daily basis other than white bread, such as wheat, oatmeal, rye, pump.,etc...
Bob Venice July 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Who is the owner, or person responsable for the violations?
Jack Baillargeron July 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Remembering what happened with the employee on 103, they changed the name to Audry's I think. Don't recall the original name, but it was a great butcher shop. One employee ruined tha place because he had Hepatitis and got the place closed, and De'Angelo's in Seekonk that he also worked at. The butcher shop never recovered even under new management and new name it closed shop. Also recall a chinese reasturant, that was serving recooked day old rice etc, that closed last year I think. The bottom line is management. The amount of people and medical damage that can result from something like this, can spread like wild fire in a small area such as this especially in children and the elderly and yes death is in that equation. Won't go into the types of problems because it is not a pretty picture and pretty gross and scary also. I doubt this place will recover either, it is a shame to see a local business put itself out of business. Hopefully these are not serious enough to cause that. However the public should know exactly hat they are and how the owner corrected them. Hopefully the owner will adress that in a letter in the paper and maybe it can continue.
Petey July 14, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Sure, every place has a violation or two, but it's the type of violation that bothers me. Having a cleaning fluid mislabeled is a violation. So is not having soap or hot water in the employee bathroom. (Bird droppings on the racks is pretty bad, along with the no soap). Which one is worse? This place isn't being vilified. They had serious enough violations REPEATEDLY, and enough of them to shut them down. DOH doesn't shut down a place unless it imperils the public's health. I believe the last time they shut a place down was DeFusco's Bakery. Remember, someone died from that fiasco.
Richard V. July 15, 2012 at 02:04 AM
The name of the business on Rt. 103 was Rudy's. Unfortunately, there are many serious violations that go undetected because there are not enough health inspectors to go around to all the places that provide food to the general public. In the case of Bristol Bakery, the violations stretched out over serveral years which is unacceptable.
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Thanks Richard I could not remember it for the life of me, I use to by a lot of meat there. I read the charges on channel 12 earlyer. http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/east_bay/bristol-bakery-closed-for-health-violations "Inspectors found that bread was placed on metal racks that had been left outside and perched on by birds, and employees were seen to handle trash and cleaning equipment and then touch prepared food without washing their hands in between." I do not know the past violations, but it does seem to be a management problem, and the problems listed this time are an easy fix. They are common sense sanitary actions to most people. Restoring public confidence may not be however. Should add on the Rudy's I believe any place that has butcher shop should be required to have employees who handle the meat tested for blood diseases like Hepatitis B or C which can be deadly and very contagious, you can also be vaccinated for it now, as most fire fighters are required to be now and those in the medical field. What happened there with the Hepatitis B or C don’t remember which, but that one employee spread it to people at Rudy’s and then De angelo's where he worked as well. Forget how many got it but it was a few and once you have that, you have it for life and it can kill people also or disable them severly.
MBW July 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Disgusting! Definitely will not be purchasing anything from them in the future IF they re-open. And they really had a good business going there - you'd think they wouldn't have been so careless and irresponsible.
Petey July 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Firefighters and healthcare workers get Hep B shots. Hep A is spread from fecal-oral transmission... when you don't wash hands after using a restroom. The facility can be absolutely sparkling, but it only takes one employee not to follow the basic rules of hand washing to create a public health threat. This particular place seemed to have two problems: employees not following those rules and the facility itself being in poor sanitary condition. Two strikes, you're out. Luckily, no one got sick or died.
bristolyte July 16, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Petey, they are being villified-again I challenge folks to go to the DOH website and look up other establishments-we are not talking "one or two" trivial violations. There are restaurants and markets that have lengthy and repeated serious violations over the course of years many of them recent. One popular local restaurant keeps it bread on the floor in an open container...sweet! As Tonya said, there are two sides to every story. I have heard from other business owners that the DOH have stepped up their game in the last few months-not out of concern for the public's safety, no out of concern for their job-apparently handing out frequent violations makes them indispensable in this bankrupt state economy. Sheeple like you that believe everything you hear because someone from the government said so, is the reason our country is the way it is....
Jack Baillargeron July 16, 2012 at 03:53 PM
As I said Petey, it is a management problem, if management does not make the employees be in fear of getting fired for not following the health protocols, they some of them will be come lax. It is also management’s job to inform and train the employees in those protocols. Like “emergency professions” that also can be a danger to themselves and the public, so protocols must be put in place and followed, there is no way of cutting corners in my opinion. Well so far it seems no customers were affected, it could have been very bad. I do not think they should be closed permanently either, due to the fact it was caught before any serious illness to the people. Had that happened they would have been sued out of business I suspect. Well this is a serious breach of the public trust, it is correctable. Part of the problem also is past infractions, getting the public trust back is going to be the hardest part, but it can and should be done. We value 2nd chances in this society I see no reason to not allow them the same chance. We need jobs for people, and I doubt all employees were responsible for the infractions. I still blame management in general though, they alone are responsible for employees knowing the protocols; which is a safety issue for the employees as well as the public.
Petey July 16, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Jack - Health Dept didn't shut them down permanently. They said they need to correct deficiencies before they open again. The management, in getting a food license, promises to uphold the Food Code, a RI statute. Anyone in violation of the code faces repercussions, including being shut down. Seems open and shut to me. they were inspected in June, notified of violations to correct by a certain date, and they failed at that. Plus, new violations were found in the follow up. Sure, the manager can fire the employees, but the responsibility has sit with someone; in this case, the owner.
Petey July 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I've been reading those reports for years. Usually, a bad report makes the restaurant clean up their act. Obviously, it didn't happen here. They have a chance, according to the story, to make it right and open again. Yes, DOH has stepped up their game. They were able to hire more people after the DeFusco's fiasco (80+ people sick, at least one DEATH, remember). It's widely known that they don't have enough food inspectors. I read a story a few months ago in the ProJo that CT has one inspector for every 52 establishments, and RI has one per 500. Considering that the CDC recommends an inspection every 6 months, ask your restaurant friends how often they get visited by DOH. Probably every 2 years, if not longer. If Daily Bread is being vilified, it’s being done in your head.
Petey July 16, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Check out all of their reports here: http://food.ri.digitalhealthdepartment.com/scores.cfm?rel1=full_name&rel2=&rel3=&kw1=bristol%20bakery&kw2=&kw3=&ls=0&hs=100&bd=07/16/2011&ed=07/16/2012&maxrows=10&search=active&advanced=quick&form=form&id=365819 And here: http://food.ri.digitalhealthdepartment.com/scores.cfm?rel1=full_name&rel2=&rel3=&kw1=bristol%20bakery&kw2=&kw3=&ls=0&hs=100&bd=07/16/2011&ed=07/16/2012&maxrows=10&search=active&advanced=quick&form=form&id=307354 And then tell me whether you think they've been following the rules.
BristolRI02809 July 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Better be careful Petey-You're challenging the self proclaimed king of the Patch, the legend in his own mind Jack Baillargeron. Apparently Petey, you haven't noticed that Jack is an expert on every subject, and anyone who dares question his superior intellect is forced to listen to Jack drone on and on about what a genius he is (that is of course if you can comprehend his gibberish, with all the spelling and grammatical errors). Anyway Petey, be prepared for dozens of posts from Jack explaining why he is so intelligent, and the rest of the world is so ignorant. Just my opinion-lol, geeze, lol, :-} lol.
Jack Baillargeron July 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Sorry Pety, I was reffering to th people anting it put out of business it seems, or the owner giving up, which I hope they do not. Should have been more clear on the permanently thing ;-} I agree almost all you said.
Pamela M Fernandes July 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
The thing that makes me so sad about all this is the way it's being treated. It's a misfortune for a local business. They are going out of business and we are losing yet another local business ~ why I wonder do we as human society feed off of the misfortune of others! I will never understand that. I do understand there were violations and I am GLAD the RI Dept of Health followed through with the closing. But I seriously don't think it needed to be so BIG.. so I dont' know how to explain it. I just feel badly! I am a compassionate sap!
Dianna Jones July 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Having owned an artisan bakery and being familiar with most of the bakeries statewide, if you take your business elsewhere, you're going to experience similar conditions in the summer months unless you go to a very large commercial facility where you buy bread that tastes like white angel food cake. Sad but true. Bristol Bakery had clean reports for several months until a blitz on July 6...Why? Who call ed DOH? A competitor? A disgruntled employee? Believe me, Wholesale bread is a cut throat local business, and a competitor would call you in just because you had some of his bread racks (while he had twice as many of yours on his own loading docks!). Visit the back work areas of any local bakery at nicht or very early am and you will see what I refer to. This is just one example that could easily be put to rights. The report jargon can be written in such a way as to make the violations correctable or make them appear out of control and beyond repair, rendering the business's PR doomed. The comments above show just that. I would just as soon buy products from Bristol Bakery as most small bakeries in RI. DJ
Karen P. July 23, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Not surprised by these reports in the least. I've seen the bread being left outside. It is absolutely foul. It's hardly a surprise that these, among other violations, were reported. Thank god for that... Finally, folks can see what these folks are made of (not much!)
Petey July 23, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Blitz??? Read this: http://ri.digitalhealthdepartment.com/_templates/62/Restaurant/_report_full.cfm?inspID=384245&domainID=62&userID=0&rtype=Restaurant&SubType= Then read this: http://ri.digitalhealthdepartment.com/_templates/62/Restaurant/_report_full.cfm?inspID=384279&domainID=62&userID=0&rtype=Restaurant&SubType= Then tell me if you think they are making progress. Have fun eating bird crap.
Pamela M Fernandes July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Dianna Jones, I am grateful for your input. While I said I am grateful we have a Dept of Health yes.. violations are sometimes written in jargon that is not what the average eye understands. I am happy to read your comments. AND I do believe there isn't a place around dealing with foods (including our local grocery stores) that have no violations. I saw an inspector in SeaBra one day pull all the chicken packages off the shelves because the temps weren't correct on those particular shelves, does that mean everyone who shops there should no longer buy the chicken? Or that the inspector helped make it better? It's all so weird for me, WE aren't really that dumb to think every kitchen in all the restaurants people eat at are immaculate are we? Hum??
Petey July 24, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Yes, the inspector helped make it better by forcing the supermarket to remove potentially dangerous food from the public’s consumption. Of course there are violations all around; however, not all violations are equal. A mislabeled cleaning fluid (Windex, for example) does not compare to a restaurant with no hand soap or with poor refrigeration. THAT’S what you should look for. The Health Department depends on restaurant owners (and bakeries, etc) to follow the law, and the public expects and deserves no less. When those safety laws are broken and people get sick or die, will everyone blame the health Department for not stopping it in time? Kudos to the food inspectors and to all food workers who follow the rules.
Liza R. Corbo October 03, 2012 at 08:35 PM
This is not acceptable! I wanted to let you all know that there is a new local company in RI going national called Pest Free Enviroment. PFE is committed to pairing educated patrons with conscientious dining establishments that are intent on maintaining safe, pest-free facilities. Once PFE gets a copy of a restaurant's contract showing regular pest control servicing, a sticker will be placed in the window so you know that you can dine there with peace of mind. There is also a facebook page under 'PFE'. http://www.pestfreeenvironment.com/ Check us out and let us know what you think!


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