E. coli Lawyer Update: FDA Updates on E. coli O103 Outbreak Linked to Sprouts.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an update on an E. coli O103 outbreak previously announced on February 26, 2020. The E. coli outbreak had affected a total of 14 people and was linked to clover sprouts served by Jimmy John’s restaurants. The outbreak was announced by the FDA a few days after a warning letter was sent to Jimmy John’s Franchise LLC regarding five previous outbreaks linked to the products used by their restaurants, the E. coli O103 outbreak announced by the FDA on February 26 was not one of the outbreaks listed by the FDA in the warning letter. According to the FDA, the culprits of the outbreak may have been the adulterer fresh produce used at the stores, such as the cucumbers and clover sprouts. As of February 24, 2020, Jimmy Johns removed clover sprouts from their restaurants.
On March 13, 2020, the FDA updated on the E. coli outbreak, they advised consumers to avoid eating and purchasing items from Chicago Indoor Garden, Chicago, IL, with Best By dates between December 1, 2019, and March 12, 2020, due to an E. coli contamination in the sprouts. The products which contain the contaminated sprouts are red clover, sprout salad, mixed greens, and spring salad. The sprouts were discovered to be contaminated after the FDA analyzed a sample of the company’s product and identified the presence of E. coli O103. Through Whole Genome Sequencing of the bacteria, it was discovered that it matched the outbreak strain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who are working along with the FDA as well as state and local officials, announced that the 14 cases linked to the E. coli O103 outbreak were reported from 5 different states Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Utah. According to the CDC, the last reported case of the outbreak was on February 11, 2020. The FDA has announced that they will continue to in their traceback investigation to determine where implicated sprouts have been distributed and will continue monitoring for additional illnesses associated with this outbreak.
Consumers who may have eaten any of the contaminated products should stay vigilant for symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea that at times can be bloody as they symptoms of E. coli. In more severe cases E. coli can cause a complication known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening condition that is caused by the abnormal destruction of red blood cells and platelets by bacterial virulence factors like Shiga toxin. According to a National E. coli Lawyer, Ron Simon, E. coli infections are usually diagnosed through lab testing of stool specimens (feces).
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