Recently, Jimmy Johns restaurants were implicated in a multi-state Salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds of people after they consumed alfalfa sprouts served on the sandwiches that the restaurants serve. At least 59 Illinois residents became ill, and now Jimmy John Liautaud, owner of the chain, says that the restaurants will cease using alfalfa sprouts and instead use clover sprouts, which according to Liautaud are easier to sanitize.
Ironically, a Salmonella outbreak occurred just recently in Oregon
and Washington that were related to clover sprouts. In Oregon, 2
residents became ill after consuming sandwiches that contained clover
sprouts – sandwiches from Jimmy Johns. This leads us to question just
how much safer clover sprouts are than alfalfa sprouts, if any. The
clover sprouts used on the sandwiches were produced by Sprouters
Northwest of Kent, Washington. Sprouters Northwest was found to be the
source of the Salmonella contamination.
All in all, 125 people became ill after consuming Salmonella tainted
sprouts between the dates of November 1, 2010 and January 11, 2011. The
strain of Salmonella in these outbreaks is serotype I 4,,12:i:-.
This strain spread through 22 states and the District of Columbia.
Investigators concluded that the illnesses were related to eating
sandwiches containing sprouts at Jimmy Johns restaurants.
As far as the states affected by the outbreak, Illinois was by far
hit with more illnesses. 65 people were sickened in that state, with 22
in Missouri, 12 in Indiana, 3 in Wisconsin, 3 in Pennsylvania and other
states reporting a single case of illness related to this strain of
Consumers are advised not to eat Tiny Greens Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy
Sprouts, and restaurants should not serve them. Anyone who has the
sprouts whether in their restaurant or home should dispose of them at
once in a closed plastic bag.
Salmonella food poisoning typically causes symptoms such as nausea,
diarrhea and abdominal cramps. While not usually serious in healthy
individuals, those who are young, frail or have a weakened immune system
may be at an increased risk of serious complications and should seek
medical attention if you experience symptoms.
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