Senator Dean Florez has criticized the California Department of Health Services after the department refused to release its report on September’s deadly E. coli outbreak.

That outbreak, which killed several people and sickened hundreds, was linked to a California spinach farm, but the Department of Health Services refused to acknowledge which farm is responsible, and what went wrong.

Florez thinks the department is keeping the report from the public because he believes they "dropped the ball" when it comes to protecting the public from food-borne illnesses.

"When you have this cloud of secrecy and you have this whole department unwilling to come and tell the public ultimately what went wrong, why it went wrong, and ultimately who is responsible, it is very difficult for the public, I believe, to think the government is actually working toward the food safety policy," said the senator.