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Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, & Retailers

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Advice to Consumers

  • CDC recommends that consumers not eat raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin.
    • Jimmy John’s announced on January 19, 2018, that it had directed all of its locations chain-wide to temporarily stop serving sprouts. Check your sandwich to make sure it does not have raw sprouts.
  • Raw or lightly cooked sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness.
    • Children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw or lightly cooked sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts). People with weakened immune systems include people undergoing cancer treatment, people with HIV/AIDS, people with diabetes, and other groups.
    • 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. If you buy a sandwich or salad at a restaurant or deli, check to make sure it does not contain raw sprouts.
    • If you choose to eat sprouts, cook them thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Thoroughly cooking sprouts kills the harmful bacteria.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating raw or lightly cooked sprouts.
    • Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
      • Diarrhea
      • Fever
      • Abdominal cramps

Advice to Restaurants and Retailers

  • Jimmy John’s announced on January 19, 2018, that it had directed all of its locations chain-wide to temporarily stop serving sprouts.
  • Raw and lightly cooked sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness. Always practice food safety for sprouts.
    • Cook sprouts thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Thoroughly cooking sprouts kills the harmful bacteria.
  • CDC recommends that retailers always purchase sprouts from sprouters that follow the FDA Sprouts Guidance.
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