The FDA Released A Warning Letter To Jimmy John's Claiming Some Of Their Foods Were Linked To Illness

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From Delish

The Food & Drug Administration published a warning letter to Jimmy John's urging the sandwich shop chain to adjust their procedures after several individuals became sick with illness linked to products sold at their locations over the last eight years. Clover sprouts and cucumbers at some Jimmy John's locations in the United States are thought to be the products infecting customers with E. Coli and Salmonella.

As of right now, 22 people in the state of Iowa have been infected with E. Coli, and out of those 22, 20 participated in an interview process with the FDA, the warning letter states. All 20 of those individuals who were interviewed said they had eaten at Jimmy John's and 45 percent of those people had eaten the sprouts prior to getting sick. Throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, 10 people reportedly got sick with salmonella in February of 2018, and 80 percent of those individuals had eaten at Jimmy John's prior to becoming ill.

In the letter, the FDA breaks down multiple instances of people becoming infected with either E. Coli or Salmonella after eating at Jimmy John's. The occurrences date all the way back to 2012. The FDA also wrote that following these incidents, Jimmy John's insisted they reformed their practices by sourcing sprouts from recommended suppliers.

The Food & Drug Administration is urging Jimmy John's to respond within 15 days providing information about how they plan to address these concerns. A spokesperson told Delish that the sprouts in question have been suspended from all locations: "Food safety is our top priority. We’ve removed sprouts from all Jimmy John’s restaurants until further notice. This removal was out of an abundance of caution and was not initiated by any known, immediate threat.”

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