The Food & Drug Administration issued a warning letter to Jimmy John’s urging the sandwich shop chain to adjust their procedures after several people became sick with illness tied to products sold at their locations over the past eight years. Clover sprouts and cucumbers at some Jimmy John’s locations in the U.S. are thought to be the products infecting clients with E. Coli and Salmonella.
As of right now, 22 people in the state of Iowa have fallen sick and out of those 22, 20 participated in an interview course with the FDA, the warning letter states.
All 20 of those people who had been interviewed stated they had eaten at Jimmy John’s and 45% of those individuals had eaten the sprouts before falling sick. All through Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, 10 people reportedly got infected with salmonella in February of 2018, and 80% of these individuals had eaten at Jimmy John’s before falling sick.
In the letter, the FDA breaks down multiple cases of people falling sick with both E. Coli or Salmonella after eating at Jimmy John’s.
The occurrences date all the way back to 2012. The FDA further wrote that following these cases, Jimmy John’s insisted they altered their practices by buying sprouts from recommended suppliers.
FDA is urging Jimmy John’s to respond within 15 days offering details about how they plan to deal with these issues.
A spokesperson said the sprouts in question have been removed from all locations.