Public health agencies investigating salmonella connected to Jimmy John's

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Updated January 19, 2018, 4:36 p.m.

UPDATE CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WIFR) - Jimmy John's says two growers in Minnesota could be linked to the seven food safety complaints in Illinois and Wisconsin in December.

Jimmy John's president and CEO James North said, "Food safety and the welfare of our customers are our top priorities and not negotiable in our business." North went on to say, "We have been working closely with the Departments of Health in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as their federal counterparts, as they investigate the claims. While the results of the investigation are not conclusive and we are still gathering more information, we have voluntarily directed all franchisees to remove sprouts as a precautionary measure from all supply and distribution.”

Jimmy John's says all locations have been directed to temporarily stop serving sprouts as a precautionary measure.

“Customers can have complete confidence that all of our ingredients are of the quality they have come to know and expect from our brand,” says North.


Posted January 19, 2018, 1:55 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Illinois Department of Public Health along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and local health departments are investigating a cluster of salmonella possibly coming from several Jimmy John's locations.

The state health department says the illness has been identified in two Illinois residents. They say the people reported their illness on December 20 and 26, 2017.

A review of produce, suppliers, and items consumed lead investigators to sprouts at multiple Jimmy John's locations.

The IDPH has requested that Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois remove sprouts from their menu during the investigation.

Symptoms of salmonella include a headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea and dehydration. The IDPH says these symptoms typically appear 6 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria but can be longer. They say most illnesses don't require treatment other than drinking fluids to stay hydrated.

If you have developed symptoms after eating food at Jimmy John's, contact your health care provider or local health department especially if your symptoms persist or are severe.

The IDPH says salmonella bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals and that any food can be contaminated with the bacteria. Person to person transmission happens when infected feces, from unwashed hands, contaminates food or comes into direct contact with another person.

The IDPH did not release the locations of specific Jimmy John's restaurants.