Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Sprouts suspected in salmonella cluster likely tied to Jimmy John's

Sprouts suspected in salmonella cluster likely tied to Jimmy John's

State health officials have warned Jimmy John's customers to avoid eating sprouts the restaurant chain puts on its sub sandwiches after two IL residents became ill with a salmonella infection.

People in the state reported becoming ill December 20 and December 26, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Anyone who has developed Salmonella symptoms after eating at a Jimmy John's restaurant is asked to contact a local health care provider or health department. Officials are working to identify the source of sprouts supplied to the restaurants where people ate prior to becoming ill and if the product was distributed to other locations.

To reduce the risk to additional customers, IDPH has requested that all Jimmy John's restaurants in IL remove sprouts from their menus until the investigation is complete.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps. If your symptoms persist or are severe, promptly contact your health care provider. Sprouts will not be served until the investigation is complete.


Salmonella bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals. Salmonella can contaminate nearly any food. Person-to-person transmission happens when an infected person's feces from unwashed hands contaminates food during preparation. According to a government food safety website, there have been at least 30 food poisoning outbreaks linked to sprouts since 1996.

On December 17, the Illinois Department of Health announced that an investigation was underway into an outbreak of Salmonella, serotype I4, [5], 12:i:-. Additional illnesses were reported.

Sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness.

Most people recover without treatment, according to the CDC, although a doctor should still be consulted if a person has eaten sprouts and develops Salmonella symptoms.

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