Orange County bakery's permit suspended due to cockroach infestation

Thursday, January 8, 2015
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Orange County Health Department officials have suspended a Santa Ana bakery's permit after 30 people fell ill and traces of cockroach infestation were found.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- An Orange County bakery was closed after 30 people fell ill after eating Rosca de Reyes, a fruit cake traditionally eaten on Jan. 6, known as Three Kings Day or Epiphany.

The cake was distributed countywide by Cholula's Bakery in Santa Ana to nearly a dozen different locations.

Those affected complained of dizziness, palpitations and numbness.

"I had never felt so terrified, like I didn't even know what was going on with me," said Ireri Hinojosa of Santa Ana.

Paramedics rushed Hinojosa to the hospital because she felt dizzy, numb and her heart was racing.

"I was hallucinating... I almost felt like I was not in my body," she said.

Helene Calvet, deputy health counselor for the Orange County Health Agency, says the symptoms are not contagious.

"Some people had symptoms as soon as 20 minutes after eating the bread, we don't think it's like a infectious agent so we're looking at other agents," Calvet said.

The Orange County Health Department and Santa Ana police officers spent Wednesday morning at the bakery. Health officials closed the store and suspended its permit, citing traces of cockroach infestation.

The owner of Cholula's Bakery refused to speak to Eyewitness News.

While the health department continues to investigate, Hinojosa says this could have been even worse for her family.

"If they would have ate what I ate, what could have happened to them? To like a 4-year-old? I have a 4-year-old," Hinojosa said.

The cake was sold at the following markets on Monday and Tuesday:

Cholula's Bakery

1002 E. 17th Street, Suite F

Santa Ana, CA 92701

(714) 972-3115

El Nopal Mercado

31451 Camino Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 443-9145

La Bodega Ranch

918 N. Glassell St.

Orange, CA 92867

(714) 639-9199

La Bodega Ranch

1700 North Placentia Ave.

Fullerton, CA 92831

(714) 524-1432

Santa Ana Marquet

1216 W. 1st St.

Santa Ana, CA 92703

(714) 543-3655

Tony's Liquor

32141 Alipaz St.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 218-8090

Gonzalez Marquet

235 W. La Jolla St.

Placentia, CA 92870

(714) 632-8655

Taqueria Mocorito Restaurant

1076 N. State College Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92805

(714) 491-2335

Taco Boy

725 North Anaheim Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92805

(714) 491-7156

Brianna's Ice Cream

2107 E. Ball Rd.

Anaheim, CA 92806

(714) 635-6264

La Bodega Ranch Market

4945 Long Beach Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90805

(562) 423-8400

The Orange County Health Department is not treating this as a criminal investigation, but retailers and consumers were told to throw out any Rosca de Reyes from Cholula's Bakery.