CDC Issues Food Safety Alert Over E. coli Contamination Possibly Linked to Jimmy John’s
The CDC is investigating an E.coli outbreak that could be related to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants.
The CDC issued a food safety alert this week concerning clover sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants nationwide. The agency believes these clover sprouts are the cause of an E.coli outbreak that has led to 14 reported illnesses in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Texas and Utah. No hospitalizations or deaths have been reported to date. The investigation is currently ongoing to determine if contaminated sprouts have been served at other restaurants or retailers.
The CDC is concerned that Jimmy John's customers who ate clover sprouts on a sandwich prior to February 24 could develop an E.coli infection. The agency says Jimmy John's restaurants nationwide stopped serving clover sprouts on February 24, and clover sprouts should not be available at any Jimmy John's locations. The CDC also advises throwing away leftover sandwiches with clover sprouts that were purchased prior to February 24.
Symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) typically begin two to eight days after swallowing the germ. Symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, low-grade fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Those with a severe STEC infection could develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
The CDC advises talking to your healthcare provider and reporting the illness to your local health department if you are experiencing these symptoms. Additionally, wash your hands before and after preparing food and after using the restroom to reduce the risk of infecting others.