March 20, 2018

Jimmy John’s E. coli Food Poisoning Outbreak in Denver, Colorado, Lawyers Investigate

At least 8 people are part of an E. coli outbreak associated with 3 Jimmy John’s locations in Denver, Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).  One teen remains hospitalized.

E. coli bacteria 2E. coli lawyers Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty are investigating the Jimmy Johns E. coli outbreak, as are CDPHE, the FDA and the CDC.  At this time the prime suspect is one batch of a produce item. The FDA is doing traceback investigations to confirm this suspicion. The name of the implicated supplier is being withheld.

“The more information from Jimmy Johns about the restaurant locations and their suppliers, the better the chances of preventing illness,” said attorney Flaherty, who, along with Pritzker, recently won $4.5 million for a young woman who contracted an E. coli infection from food served at a restaurant and then developed hemorrhagic colitis and (HUS).  “In almost every outbreak, disclosure and transparency are the keys to protecting the public health.”

CDPHE was first alerted to the outbreak when it was notified of five cases of E. coli on Oct. 18.  All five ate at Jimmy John’s locations in Denver around the first weekend of October, said CDPHE representative Mark Salley. Since then. three additional cases have been identified. No more illnesses have been reported.

“A traceback investigation is done when a specific food product is the suspected source of an outbreak,” said Flaherty. When the implicated food product is fresh produce, the goal of the investigation is to identify the source and distribution of the food product from field to fork, according to the CDC.

This investigation has legal implications, according to Flaherty. E. coli victims may have claims for compensation against the restaurant, the supplier, the processor, the grower and others. Flaherty can be reached at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free).



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