Utah has been hit hard by the E. coli outbreak linked to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s and sold elsewhere. Twenty-seven of the 39 illnesses in this outbreak have been reported from Utah. Other states that have been affected are: Illinois with six cases, Iowa with three and Florida, Missouri and Texas with one each.
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This is the ninth time in 11 years that Jimmy John’s has been linked to a food poisoning outbreak linked to sprouts or other contaminated produce. Just two months before this outbreak, Jimmy John’s was linked to another clover sprout E. coli outbreak that sicked customers in Iowa. The company announced in February that it would no longer serve sprouts.
People sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from 1 to 79 years old, first experienced symptoms on dates ranging from January 6, 2020, to March 2, 2020, according to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Health officials used DNA testing to identify the genetic “fingerprint” of the strain of E.coli cultured from patients sickened in this outbreak. Samples of sprouts collected from Chicago Indoor Garden also tested positive for this strain. The company has issued a recall for several products.
Investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have discovered that a common seed lot was used to grow the sprouts recalled by Chicago Indoor Garden, the sprouts linked to the Jimmy John’s illnesses and the sprouts that were the source of the Jimmy John’s clover sprout E. coli outbreak in Iowa in late 2019. The FDA has not disclosed the name of the seed supplier.
The E. coli lawyers at Pritzker Hageman represent clients sickened by contaminated food. If you developed an E. coli infection from contaminated clover sprouts and would like to request a free consultation with our E. coli Team, call us at 1-888-377-8900, text us at 612-261-0856 or, fill out the form below.