Five people in Wisconsin stricken with salmonella connected to Jimmy John's restaurants

Henrietta Brewer
January 20, 2018

Jimmy John's made the decision for its 2,727 locations after an investigation in the past 24-hours indicated that sprouts purchased from two growers in Minnesota, originating from two common seed sub-lots, could be linked to the seven food illness complaints.

Two of the cases have affected IL residents who fell ill on December 20 and December 26. Their investigation led them to isolate sprouts served at many Jimmy John's locations across the state.

IL health officials are investigating a cluster of Salmonella that's made two people sick - and now investigators believe the link is from multiple Jimmy John's locations.

IDPH says the Jimmy John's are located in northeastern IL.

Salmonella symptoms include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting and fever, although not all may be necessarily present, according to the Department of Health Services. Symptoms usually appear six hours to three days after exposure to salmonella bacteria, but may take up to 10 days to appear. If your symptoms persist or are severe, promptly contact your health care provider.

Investigators with the state health department along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, reviewed produce, suppliers and items consumed at the restaurants. We have been working closely with the Departments of Health in IL and Wisconsin, as well as their federal counterparts, as they investigate the claims.

The release stated the company decided to make the request following an investigation in the previous 24 hours that indicated the sprouts were purchased from two growers in Minnesota.

Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine where the sprouts were distributed, and to learn more about the potential route of contamination. Jimmy John's confirmed the investigation includes seven cases in IL and Wisconsin. Customers can have complete confidence that all of our ingredients are of the quality they have come to know and expect from our brand.

Two cases involve IL residents.

State health officials say sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness.

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