E. coli lawyer Brendan Flaherty is calling on Jimmy John’s to disclose information about the suppliers and the food involved in an E. coli outbreak associated with three Denver-area locations. At least eight people have been sickened in the outbreak, all of them ate one of the three stores before becoming ill.
“Jimmy John’s seems to be the source of this E. coli outbreak, but could just be the canary in the coal mine. If the source is their produce, for example, there could be many more people sickened. We need full disclosure of all their suppliers immediately,” said Flaherty, an attorney with Pritzker Olsen in Minneapolis.
Health officials believe contaminated produce delivered to the stores and then served to customers at the three Jimmy John’s locations stores between October 7th and 15th may be the source of the outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting a traceback investigation to determine the origin of the food item in question. The restaurants have remained open, as health officials believe the item in questions is no longer a problem at those stores.
Last year, an E.coli outbreak linked to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants sickened 29 people in 11 states. No word yet on if sprouts are a possible food source for this outbreak