Preliminary laboratory results were released on Friday in a foodborne illness investigation of a Santa Ana Bakery that distributed tainted bread.
According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the results indicated the presence of a synthetic drug, which was used in making Rosca de Reyes bread at Cholula’s Bakery.
Officials explained more than 30 people reported experiencing dizziness, palpitations and numbness after eating the bread on Jan. 5 and 6.
The bakery will remain closed as part of the investigation until the business can show professional restaurant grade cleaning, disposal of all opened food and all ingredients used to make the bread, and mandatory food safety training for all staff.
More than 30 people are sick after eating Rosca de Reyes bread, also known as Three Kings bread, distributed by Cholula’s Bakery in Santa Ana, the Orange County Health Agency said in a statement.
The agency closed the bakery after an investigation revealed traces of cockroach infestation.
The cake, which is typically eaten on Jan. 6 to celebrate Three Kings Day, was distributed to stores around Orange County. It is unclear whether the infestation directly caused the illnesses.
Those who reported illnesses experienced multiple symptoms, including dizziness, numbness, stomach aches and palpitations.
Stores who have the Three Kings bread from Cholula’s are being asked to remove it from their shelves, and those who purchased the bread are being advised to discard it.