Salmonella Outbreak 2018: Eating Raw Sprouts At Jimmy John's Spreads Infection

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Jimmy Johns Friday did something it has done in the past after one or more of its sandwich franchises was linked to an outbreak of foodborne illnesses: It ordered sprouts temporarily off the menu at all of its locations. Few more people in neighboring Minnesota also contracted the infection from eating sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants.

After eating sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants three more people in neighboring state Minnesota and IL are infected by the same bacteria.

Jimmy John's leader and CEO James North said in an announcement that "sustenance wellbeing and the welfare of our clients are top needs and not debatable in our business".

"Customers can have complete confidence that all of our ingredients are of the quality they have come to know and expect from our brand".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are also investigating the incidents.

Two cases involve IL residents.

Five people in Wisconsin have fallen sick with a salmonella contamination in the wake of eating crude sprouts at Jimmy John's eateries around the state, as indicated by the state Department of Health Services.

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Two cases have been identified in IL residents.

The department said food handlers with diarrhea should not be allowed to work.

Jimmy John's also stated after the decision was made to stop serving sprouts that after an investigation indicated that sprouts purchased could be linked to seven food safety complaints received over a one-week period in December in IL and Wisconsin. State health officials symptoms usually appear 6 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria, but can be longer.

According to the Department of Health Services, the symptoms of Salmonella are abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting but it's not necessary that all the symptoms will be present.

Most illnesses resolve on their own, but if symptoms get severe, you should head to your doctor. Person-to-person transmission happens when an infected person's feces from unwashed hands contaminates food during preparation.

Salmonellosis is the food poisoning caused by the Salmonella enterica bacterium, which is mostly caused by eating food contaminated with salmonella.

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