Jimmy John’s Won’t Drop Sprouts Over Outbreak

CHICAGO (WBBM) — The Jimmy John’s sandwich chain says its alfalfa sprouts will stay, even though the state says they may be linked to a food poisoning outbreak.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Jimmy John’s says alfalfa sprouts “rock,” and since there has been no official warning from the State of Illinois to remove sprouts from the Jimmy John’s menu, the sprouts will remain.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya Reports

The Illinois Department of Public Health says since Nov. 1, nearly four dozen people have come down with salmonella food poisoning after eating sprouts at at least nine Jimmy John’s locations around the state. They include locations in Cook, Will, McHenry, Kankakee and Winnebago counties, and some downstate counties.

The department has received reports of 46 Illinois residents becoming ill with the type of salmonella.

The state continues its investigation into the source of the salmonella. Alfalfa sprout producers and suppliers are being investigated and produce testing is also being conducted.

If you have eaten sprouts and experience diarrhea and the fever, the health department advises you to contact your doctor or health department.

Symptoms of salmonellosis — the illness caused by salmonella bacteria — include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps. Illness usually develops within six to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria and generally lasts three to seven days, a news release said.

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  • r u kiddin me...

    jimmy johns blows !!! the young kids/punks who work the counter are a joke, how sad when the only way i going back is when the work crew is outsourced …. what a joke……. go to augies deli in carol stream or west chicago , IL, that a real sub sandwhich.

  • ron

    i have to agree i believe this is the second time with a outbreak for jimmy johns

  • ucity88

    Bad call, Jimmy Johns! Bad PR move…

    When this blows over, most people won’t remember exactly what happened (unless they got sick) but they WILL remember that Jimmy Johns did nothing about it when there was some outbreak from their sandwiches, and vote with their feet.

  • Jay Johnson

    GO TO THE DELI AT 3700 LSD in the New York Building

  • Gerald Spencer

    Food irradiation is the answer for all thsee outbreaks. These sprouts are no more than garnish and filler.

  • not sayin jus sayin
  • RJ

    i always get my jimmy john’s sandwiches WITHOUT the sprouts. they’re just nasty!

  • Brandon

    Bad call Jimmy John’s. I was a loyal customer but after getting sick from a sub I ate on Friday night from the North Avenue Jimmy John’s location (Veggie Club) I was debating whether to ever give them the time of day again. Alfalfa sprouts “rock”ing just lost you a customer for life.

  • iphish

    Why would anyone eat at JJ’s a second time anyway???????? Their food is substandard and over priced

    • ucity88

      Totally overpriced…I can’t believe anyone goes there. Potbelly’s is much better quality, though not that much cheaper. At least they have good chocolate malts, though.

  • mike

    some JJ have pulled sprouts on their own accord, because Jimmy John himself and the corperate office are idiots about things, this being one of them. Dont let this moron ruin a business that people put their heart and soul into (indivdual owners) because Jimmy is an out of control nut job with an ego problem.

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