Jimmy John’s E. coli Lawyer Update: E.coli O103 Outbreak Linked to Clover Sprouts.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new E. coli O103 Outbreak linked to Clover Sprouts served by the restaurant chain Jimmy Johns on February 26, 2020. The FDA has received 14 reports of cases linked to the E. coli outbreak as of February 11, 2020. The restaurant chain reported to the FDA that they have stopped serving the clover sprouts in all their locations and will refrain from serving them until further notice.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also working with the FDA as well as state and local partners, to investigate the E. coli outbreak which has had reported cases from the 5 different states: Iowa (3), Illinois (6), Missouri (1), Texas (1), and Utah (3). The sprouts were discovered as the culprits of the outbreak after the CDC reported that epidemiologic evidence indicated that clover sprouts from Jimmy John’s restaurants were a likely source of this outbreak. According to the CDC, the whole genome sequencing (WGS) results showed that this strain of E. coli O103 is closely related genetically to the strain identified in a late 2019 outbreak of E. coli O103 infections linked to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Iowa.
The FDA has assembled a team to investigate the outbreak of E. coli O103 linked to Jimmy Johns clover sprouts. The only information that has been disclosed by the FDA is that the team is currently collecting records and initiating a traceback investigation to determine the source of the clover sprouts. Local and State authorities are investigating whether the contaminated sprouts have been distributed elsewhere and will continue monitoring for additional illnesses.
In the FDA warning letter of the E. coli outbreak consumers were advised to avoid eating any leftover sandwiches from Jimmy John’s that they might have in their refrigerators. They were also advised to stay vigilante for symptoms of E. coli such as stomach cramps, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea which can at times be bloody. Ron Simon, a National E. coli Lawyer, stated “The vast majority of E. coli illnesses are foodborne and they occur when a person swallows a tiny amount of human or animal feces. Unfortunately, this happens more often than we would like to believe.”
For more information on the E. coli O301 Outbreak linked to Clover Sprouts served at Jimmy John’s, to speak to an E. coli Lawyer, or to inquire about an E. coli Lawsuit, call 1-800-335-4901.