Clover sprouts produced by Chicago Indoor Garden have been linked to an E. coli O103 outbreak that also includes clover sprouts served on sandwiches at Jimmy John’s restaurants. The outbreak, announced February 26, 2020, includes 14 illnesses in five states and is separate from another Jimmy John’s clover sprouts E. coli outbreak that sickened 22 people in Iowa in December 2019.
The current outbreak is the ninth in 11 years linked to sprouts or other contaminated produce served at Jimmy John’s restaurants. It includes 14 illnesses from five states Illinois (6), Iowa (3), Missouri (1), Texas (1) and Utah (3). After it was announced, Jimmy John’s stopped serving sprouts at its restaurants and the FDA continued its investigation for the source of the contaminated sprouts.
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Based in Chicago, Chicago Indoor Garden produces freshly sprouted beans, greens and grasses including clover sprouts, according to its website. Health officials collected samples of the red clover sprouts and, after initial tests were positive for E. coli O103, used Whole Genome Sequencing to identify the strain’s “genetic fingerprint” and found that it is a match to the outbreak strain.
On March 13, 2020, the FDA issued a recommendation to not eat five Chicago Indoor Graden products containing red clover sprouts: red clover (with and without non-GMO labels), sprout salad, mixed greens, and spring salad. These products have “best by” dates ranging from December 1, 2019, to March 12, 2020.
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