February 27, 2020: Jimmy John’s E. coli Outbreak Linked to Clover Sprouts

Jimmy John’s E. coli Outbreak News – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state public health officials, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O103 infections linked to clover sprouts served by Jimmy John’s restaurants.

Jimmy John’s E. Coli Outbreak Information

The CDC reported on February 26, 2020, that 14 people across fives states have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103. The agency documented the number of Jimmy John’s E. coli outbreak cases by state as follows: Illinois (6), Iowa (3), Missouri (1), Texas (1), and Utah (3).  Illness onset dates ranged from January 6, 2020 to February 11, 2020, and no hospitalizations or deaths were reported.

Available information indicates that clover sprouts, served by Jimmy John’s restaurants, are a likely source of this current E. coli outbreak.  Jimmy John’s LLC reported that all of its restaurants stopped serving clover sprouts on February 24, 2020.  Public health investigators are working to trace the source of the clover sprouts served at the Jimmy John’s restaurants where the outbreak victims ate, and to determine whether other restaurants or retailers received the same clover sprouts. 

CDC Advice For Consumers

The CDC remains concerned that people who ate clover sprouts from a Jimmy John’s restaurant before February 24, 2020, could develop an E. coli infection.  The following advice is provided by the CDC to help protect consumers:

  • If you have leftovers with clover sprouts from Jimmy John’s, don’t eat them. Throw the leftovers away.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection. Symptoms often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting, and may begin 2- 8 days after swallowing the germ.  Symptoms usually last 5-7 days.
  • Report your illness to your local health department. Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet, and before and after preparing food to lower the chance of infecting others.

The Jimmy John’s E. coli outbreak investigation is ongoing. CDC will provide updates when more information becomes available.

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February 21, 2020: Jimmy John’s Receives Warning Letter from Division of Human and Animal Food Operations

Jimmy John’s E. Coli Outbreak Warning Letter News – The Division of Human and Animal Food Operations issued a warning letter to Jimmy John’s restaurants based upon investigations conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .

Jimmy John’s E. Coli Outbreak Warning Letter Information

On February 21, 2020, the Division of Human and Animal Food Operations issued a warning letter to Jimmy John’s restaurants outlining investigations conducted by the FDA and CDC in relation to recent outbreaks linked to the chain. Five outbreaks of E. coli and Salmonella were under investigation and subsequently linked to clover sprouts and cucumbers used by Jimmy John’s.

The pathogens E. coli and Salmonella were associated with the investigated outbreaks. These outbreaks occurred in the following states:

  1. Iowa (22 people from November to December 2019): infected with E. coli 0103
    • Everyone infected had eaten at 1 or more of 15 Jimmy John’s
  2. Illinois (2), Minnesota (2), and Wisconsin (6) (As of February 28, 2018): infected with Salmonella Montevideo
    • 8 people had eaten at Jimmy John’s in Illinois and Wisconsin
      1. All 8 had eaten raw sprouts
    • 1 person reported having eaten raw sprouts purchased from a Minnesota grocery store
  3. Idaho, Montana, Michigan, Utah, California, and Washington (19 total people as of August 1, 2014): infected with E. coli 0102
    • 13 people reported eating raw clover sprouts in the week before getting sick
    • 11 of the cases reportedly involved clover sprouts from Jimmy John’s
  4. Colorado (8 people as of the end of October 2013): infected with E. coli O157:H7
    • Everyone infected had eaten raw cucumbers at 1 of 5 Jimmy John’s in the Denver metro area
  5. A total of 29 people from eleven states: infected with E. coli 026
    • 23 reported having eaten sprouts at 1 of 6 Jimmy John’s within a week of illness

All of the E. coli and Salmonella Montevideo isolates were closely related by whole genome sequencing, a state-of-the-art genetic subtyping method.

About E. Coli

Escherichia coli (E. coli) can cause serious illness in humans, including diarrhea, often with bloody stools.  Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).  HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly.  This condition can lead to serious kidney damage and death.

Diagnosis of E. Coli Infection

Always put your health first. If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection.

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January 24, 2020: Quesos La Ricura LTD. Recalls Cotija Cheese (Queso Cotija) due to E. coli

Quesos La Ricura LTD. Cotija Cheese (Queso Cotija) Recall News – Quesos La Ricura LTD. of Hicksville, NY has issued a voluntary recall of its product due to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services discovering that the product was contaminated with Shiga toxin producing E. coli.

Quesos La Ricura LTD. Cotija Cheese (Queso Cotija) Recall Information

On January 24, 2020, Quesos La Ricura LTD. issued a voluntary recall of its 12 oz. packages of Cotija Cheese (Queso Cotija) because it may be contaminated with Shiga toxin producing E. coli bacteria. Cotija Cheese (Queso Cotija) was distributed through retail stores in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Florida.

The product is plastic wrapped in a yellow styrofoam container with a label reading “Quesos La Ricura Queso Cotija, Cotija Cheese aged over 60 days”, UPC: 7 69087 00933 6, and a weight of 12 oz. This recall only applies to Cojita Cheese (Queso Cotija) products with a “Sell By” date of May 20, 2020-3/ May 20, 2020-4.

About E. Coli

Escherichia coli (E. coli) can cause serious illness in humans, including diarrhea, often with bloody stools.  Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).  HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly.  This condition can lead to serious kidney damage and death.

Diagnosis of E. Coli Infection

Always put your health first. If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection.

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December 27, 2019: Sprouts Unlimited Initiates Clover Sprouts Recall

Sprouts Unlimited Issues Clovers Sprouts Recall – Sprouts Unlimited of Marion, IA, has recalled its clover spouts in 4 oz packages because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen, Escherichia coli O103 (E. coli O103). E. coli O103 is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools. While most healthy adults can recover within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. HUS can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Sprouts Unlimited Clover Sprouts Recall Information

Products subject to the clover sprouts recall were distributed to Hy Vee Food Stores, Fareway Food Stores, and Jimmy John’s restaurants in Iowa.

The recalled clover sprouts sold at retail stores were packaged in in pint containers from Sprouts Unlimited Inc. with a blue label on the lid. The UPC code 7 32684 00013 6 is stamped on the bottom right side of the label.

Consumers should not eat the recalled clover sprouts!

According to the company recall announcement, “Sprouts Unlimited Inc. became aware of the potential contamination after receiving information from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Des Moines, IA that a cluster of E. coli O103 illnesses [was] epidemiologically linked to clover sprouts from Sprouts Unlimited Inc. An investigation and further tests are being conducted to determine the source.”

Diagnosis of E Coli Infection

Always put your health first. If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection.

Free E. Coli Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. We are ready to help you too. If you have been sickened by an E. coli contaminated product, and you would like to learn more about your legal rights, please call our firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

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November 22, 2019: Romaine Lettuce Warning For Products Produced With Romaine From Salinas, California, Growing Region

Romaine Lettuce Warning – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Public Health Alert following an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 foodborne illnesses associated with romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California region. FSIS warned the public against eating any wraps, sandwiches, prepackaged salad, salad kits, or other products containing romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region. Additionally, consumers should not eat any salad products included in the Missa Bay, LLC, recall announcement of November 21, 2019.

Romaine Lettuce Warning Linked To E. Coli Outbreak

In conjunction with the FSIS Public Health Alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health officials in several states, they are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections. The CDC indicated that as of December 18, 2019, a total of 17 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 from 8 states. The number of confirmed outbreak illnesses by state was as follows: Arizona (1), California (2), Colorado (1), Idaho (3), Maryland (2), Montana (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (6). Illness onset dates ranged from September 24, 2019 to November 8, 2019.

Romaine Lettuce Warning – Product Identification

As part of the romaine lettuce warning, the CDC and FDA advised consumers, retailers, and restaurants not to eat or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region.

The FSIS health alert noted:

“Most romaine lettuce products at retail are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown. CDC and the FDA are advising that if this voluntary label indicates that the romaine lettuce was grown in “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location) do not eat it. If the romaine does not have information about harvest region or does not indicate that it has been grown indoors (i.e. hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown), throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

FSIS-regulated establishments are advised not to serve, ship, or sell products that contain romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region. This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad. If you do not know the source of your romaine lettuce, and if you cannot obtain that information from your supplier, you should not serve, ship, or sell the product.”

About E. Coli O157:H7

Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

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