Salmonella sickens eight with link to raw sprouts

Leslie Hanson
January 23, 2018

Jimmy John's said "an investigation in the last 24 hours indicated that sprouts purchased from two growers in Minnesota ... could be linked to seven food safety complaints received over a one-week period in December in IL and Wisconsin".

The state Department of Health Services reports that five cases of salmonella have been linked to sprouts in Wisconsin.

"Regardless of where they are served, raw and lightly cooked sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness and outbreaks", the CDC said.

Several cases were reported in Dodge County, according to Dodge County Public Health nurse Jody Langfeldt. The release from Langfeldt did not identify any specific location where the people had eaten.

The residents reported becoming ill December 20 and 26, and based on a review of produce, suppliers and items consumed, investigators believe the most likely source of the infection is sprouts from Jimmy John's.

A Salmonella outbreak tied to raw spouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants has sickened eight people in three states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Jan 19. If you are in one of these groups more likely to get a foodborne illness, ask food workers not to add raw or lightly cooked sprouts to your meal.

The FDA and CDC advised people dining at Jimmy John's in IL and Wisconsin to avoid sprouts. Thoroughly cooking sprouts kills the harmful bacteria.

Symptoms of salmonella poising can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps. Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still transmit the salmonella bacteria to others. Most illnesses don't require treatment and it usually lasts four to seven days, the CDC said. Person-to-person transmission of salmonella occurs when an infected person's feces, from his or her unwashed hands, contaminates food during preparation or comes into direct contact with another person.

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