I am a big fan of sprouts, but after all the various food borne illness
outbreaks associated with sprouts, I am no longer going to consume them.
Why take the chance? Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s keeps taking those
chances, though they seem to have the best of intentions. They switched
from problem-plagued alfalfa sprouts to clover sprouts last year or so,
but then the clover sprouts were linked to an E. coli outbreak in Oregon
The most recent outbreak affected sprout eaters in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas,
Arkansas, and WIsconsin. A dozen people had gotten sick from the clover
sprouts as of early February. This marks the fifth outbreak involving
Jimmy John’s since 2008.
Jimmy John’s franchises in Oregon made the decision to take sprouts
of the menu as a safety precaution. The clover sprouts in the most recent
outbreak did not come from the distributor that supplies sprouts to the
Oregon and Washington shops.
The first lawsuit connected to the most recent outbreak was filed on February
21, 2012, and more are expected to follow.
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