August 16, 2018

Jimmy John’s Raw Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak Ends with 10 Sick

The Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to Jimmy John's raw sprouts served on sandwiches at those restaurants is over, after sickening ten pole in three states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Epidemiologic evidence found that raw sprouts were the likely source of this outbreak. The case count by state is: Illinois (2), Minnesota (2), and Wisconsin (6). No one was hospitalized and no deaths were reported in this outbreak. Ill persons reported eating raw sprouts on sandwiches that were served on Jimmy John's sandwiches purchased in Illinois and Wisconsin. One ill person ate raw sprouts that were purchased from a grocery store in Minnesota. Illness onset dates ranged from December 20, 2017 to January 28, 2018. The patient age range is from 26 to … [Read more...]

Revisiting Raw Sprouts: Why Are They Such a Health Risk?

The current Salmonella Montevideo outbreak at Jimmy John's restaurants seems to be pinpointed on raw sprouts served on that chain's sandwiches. Unfortunately, most people do not think of produce as being a risk for food poisoning. But that class of foods is most often associated with foodborne illness outbreaks. There have been many outbreaks in the past few years linked to fresh produce, including leafy greens, apples, raspberries, snow peas, cilantro, and yes, sprouts. In fact, sprouts are almost in a category by themselves. The way this food is produced is part of the problem. To make sprouts, seeds are placed in a warm and moist environment, which happens to be the ideal medium for bacterial growth. Since 1998, fresh or lightly cooked sprouts have been linked to 49 food … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In On Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Jimmy John’s Raw Clover Sprouts

The FDA is weighing in on the multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts sold at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin. The FDA is advising consumers not to eat sprouts at those restaurants in that state because they may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. We now know that the product being focused on is clover sprouts. Jimmy John's did announce on January 19, 2018, that all of its retail locations temporarily stopped serving sprouts. Epidemiologic evidence indicates that the sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants are the likely source of the outbreak. The most recent illness began on January 3, 2018. The FDA is working with partners in Illinois and Wisconsin, and the CDC, to conduct traceback on the clover sprouts. They want … [Read more...]

Five Sickened in Wisconsin in Jimmy John’s Salmonella Sprouts Outbreak

Five people are sick in Wisconsin in the multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak that happened after consumers ate sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants in that state and Illinois. Two people are sick in Illinois, and one person is sick in Minnesota. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, health departments, and the CDC to investigate this outbreak. All five patients are sick with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. And all of those patients said they ate sprouts at a Jimmy John's restaurant in the state in mid-to-late December, 2017. People who have been sickened by the same bacteria strain said they ate sprouts at Jimmy John's locations in their state. Officials are trying to identify … [Read more...]

Salmonella Montevideo Outbreak in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois Associated With Jimmy John’s Sprouts

A multisite outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections is associated with sprouts sold at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC statement reads, "Epidemiologic evidence indicates that raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants are a likely source of this multistate outbreak." Those sickened in this outbreak reported eating raw sprouts on sandwiches served at Jimmy John's restaurants in those two states. Eight people are sick in those states. The case count by state is: Illinois (2), Minnesota (1), and Wisconsin (5). There have been no hospitalizations and no deaths reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December  20, 217 to January 3, 2018. The patient age range is from 26 to 50. All … [Read more...]

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Associated With Jimmy John’s Sprouts

Another Salmonella outbreak at Jimmy John's restaurants associated with raw sprouts has just been announced. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted information about this outbreak; they say that the CDC and FDA are investigating, along with state and local health departments, but there is no information about this outbreak on those other sites.   If you live in a state other than Illinois and you are part of this outbreak, please contact us to let us know. We will be following other government sites so when they post something about the outbreak we will let you know immediately. Two cases of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported in Illinois. Those people got sick December 20 and December 26, 2017. Officials say that the most likely source of the … [Read more...]

Jimmy John’s Food Poisoning Outbreak in Wisconsin

Jimmy John's restaurants have been linked to outbreaks of E. coli food poisoning in the past. Now an outbreak of norovirus has been linked to the Jimmy John's restaurant at 3910 Schofield Avenue in Weston, Wisconsin, according to the Marathon County Health Department in Wausau, Wisconsin. Lawyer Fred Pritzker, who represents people sickened by unsafe food, said, "No one should get sick just because they decided to get a sandwich for lunch. Restaurants have a responsibility to serve safe food that is not contaminated by pathogens." Sprouts were the culprit in past outbreaks of illness. A multistate outbreak of E. coli O26 infections was linked to raw clover sprouts at certain Jimmy John's restaurants in 2012, sickening 29 people and hospitalizing 7, some with a severe complication … [Read more...]

Outbreak Closes Jimmy John’s in Salt Lake City

A food poisoning outbreak and food safety violations at a Salt Lake City Jimmy John's have triggered its closure.  The restaurant, located on 605 East 400 South, was closed June 9 after health officials deemed it an imminent health hazard. At least a dozen people reported becoming ill after eating at the sandwich shop. Health officials are conducting lab tests to determine the source of the outbreak. Salt Lake County health officials inspected the location after receiving reports of illness and found a variety of food safety violations including: food employees working while ill an employee did not wash hands when changing gloves, an employee removed a loaf of bread from the pan with bare hands, fresh bread is being stored on the dirty dish drain board, an employee beverage is stored … [Read more...]

E coli Outbreak from Sprouts served at Jimmy John’s and other Restaurants

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Norovirus Sickened 282 at Jimmy John’s in Garden City, KS

Norovirus was the cause of a December food poisoning outbreak that sickened 282 people who ate at a Jimmy John's restaurant in Garden City, Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has confirmed.  State and county officials worked together to determine the source of the outbreak which sickened customers who visited the restaurant from December 10 to December 24. The restaurant was inspected by the Kansas Department of Agriculture on December 18 and again on December 24. It closed voluntarily from December 24 through December 26 to clean and disinfect the restaurant. Norovirus is highly contagious. About half of all food posioning outbreaks are caused by norovirus, often a sick food handler is involved, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … [Read more...]

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