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Illness Associated With Sprouts Served at Jimmy John's

20 January 2018

Jimmy John's said it made the decision to stop serving sprouts across the country "after an investigation in the last 24 hours indicated that sprouts purchased from two growers in Minnesota ... could be linked to seven food safety complaints received over a one-week period in December in IL and Wisconsin".

Jimmy John's made the decision for its 2,727 locations after an investigation in the past 24-hours indicated that sprouts purchased from two growers in Minnesota, originating from two common seed sub-lots, could be linked to the seven food illness complaints.

Officials are working to identify the source of sprouts supplied to the restaurants where people became ill and if the product was distributed to other locations.

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Investigators with the state health department along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, reviewed produce, suppliers and items consumed at the restaurants.

The department said food handlers with diarrhea should not be allowed to work.

On December 17, the Illinois Department of Health announced that an investigation was underway into an outbreak of Salmonella, serotype I4, [5], 12:i:-.

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Salmonella symptoms include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting and fever, although not all may be present, according to DHS.

Anyone who has developed Salmonella symptoms after eating at a Jimmy John's restaurant is asked to contact a local health care provider or health department. Illness usually develops within 6 to 72 hours after being exposed to Salmonella bacteria, but can be up to 10 days. In most cases, the illness resolves on its own.

Salmonella bacteria lives in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. Nearly any food can be contaminated with Salmonella. Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. Nearly any food can be contaminated, but the bacteria can be transmitted from person-to-person through unwashed hands, contamination during food preparation or direct contact with an infected person.

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Illness Associated With Sprouts Served at Jimmy John's