22 Cases Of E. Coli Stem From Jimmy John’s Sprouts
The FDA has sent a warning letter the the president of Jimmy John's after the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 22 people became sick with E. coli and Salmonella.
According to KWQC and CBS 2, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to the president of Jimmy John's, a popular fast food sandwich chain based out of Champaign, Illinois, detailing how 22 people got sick from E.coli and salmonella from eating the food reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The letter also gives evidences that demonstrates that the company was receiving and then selling spoiled produce, specifically clover sprouts and cucumbers.
KWQC says Jimmy John's is accused of putting contaminated clover sprouts and cucumbers on sandwiches sold in Iowa in November and December 2019. They also report that Sprouts Unlimited Wholesale Foods also received a warning letter for supplying the sprouts to Jimmy John's.
The FDA says in the report,
Twenty of the 22 case individuals were interviewed by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Of the case individuals interviewed, 100 % reported eating at one or more of 15 Jimmy John’s restaurants.
Jimmy John's has 15 days to respond to the FDA which will need to include specific steps Jimmy John's is taking to address the violations.
There are 5 Jimmy John's in the immediate Cedar Valley area, 3 in Waterloo, 2 in Cedar Falls. No specific Jimmy John's location was specifically named in the report.