Jimmy John’s Sprout Update

One MSU student has been reported to fall ill due to consuming food from Jimmy John’s, but the illness appears to have occurred in Southeastern Michigan. Nevertheless, the Michigan Department of Community Health has issued a public health alert about shiga toxin producing E. coli in raw sprouts. The MDCH is recommending that people do not consume raw clover sprouts until the origin of the sprouts in confirmed.  The MDCH advisory is linked here.

Jimmy John’s has had a history of E. coli and Salmonella contaminated sprouts. Links to past outbreaks are listed below:

Multistate Jimmy John’s Restaurants Raw Clover Sprouts 2011

Sprouters Northwest, Jimmy John’s Restaurants Clover Sprouts 2010

Multistate Outbreak, Tiny Greens Organic Farm, Jimmy John’s Restaurants Alfalfa Sprouts 2010

CW Sprouts, Inc., SunSprout Sprouts, “restaurant chain (Chain A),” a.k.a. Jimmy Johns 2009

Jimmy John’s Restaurant Alfalfa Sprouts and Iceberg Lettuce 2008


About Ryan Walker

Michigan State University graduate student in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition.
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