Jimmy John’s salmonella-in-sprouts sickens 112 not counting that other outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control updated the numbers on the Illinois-based salmonella-in-sprouts outbreak.

From November 1, 2010, through January 4, 2011, 112 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella serotype I 4,[5],12:i:-, whose illnesses began since November 1, have been reported from 18 states and the District of Columbia. Results of the investigation indicate a link to eating Tiny Greens Alfalfa Sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurant outlets.

Consumers should not eat recalled Tiny Greens Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy Sprouts, and restaurant and food service operators should not serve them.

Advice to Consumers, Retailers and Others

• Consumers, retailers and others who have Tiny Greens Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy Sprouts should dispose of them in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trash can. This will prevent people or animals from eating them.

• Persons who think they might have become ill from eating potentially contaminated products should consult their health care providers.

• Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).

• Cook sprouts thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Cooking thoroughly kills the harmful bacteria.

• Request that raw sprouts not be added to your food. If you purchase a sandwich or salad at a restaurant or delicatessen, check to make sure that raw sprouts have not been added.