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2010 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella, Tiny Greens Organic Farm, Jimmy John's Restaurants Alfalfa Sprouts

On December 17, the Illinois Department of Health announced that an investigation was underway into an outbreak of Salmonella, serotype I4,[5],12:i:-. Many of the Illinois cases had eaten alfalfa sprouts at various Jimmy John’s restaurants in the Illinois counties of: Adams, Champaign, Cook, DuPage, Kankakee, Macon, McHenry, McLean, Peoria, and Will counties. The sprouts were suspected to be the cause of the illnesses. On December 21, Jimmy John Liautaud, the owner of the franchised restaurant chain, requested that all franchisees remove sprouts from the menu as a "precautionary" measure. On December 23, the Centers for Disease Control revealed that outbreak cases had been detected in other states and that the outbreak was linked with eating alfalfa sprouts while at a nationwide sandwich chain. On December 26, preliminary results of the investigation indicated a link to eating Tiny Greens’ Alfalfa Sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurant outlets. The FDA subsequently advised consumers and restaurants to avoid Tiny Greens Brand Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts produced by Tiny Greens Organic Farm of Urbana, Illinois. The Spicy Sprouts contained alfalfa, radish and clover sprouts. On January 14, 2011, it was revealed that the FDA had isolated Salmonella serotype I4,[5],12:i:- from a water runoff sample collected from Tiny Greens Organic Farm; the Salmonella isolated was indistinguishable from the outbreak strain. The several FDA inspections of the sprout growing facility revealed factors that likely led to contamination of the sprouts.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2010
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, New York, Oregon, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii, South Dakota, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts, JPXX01.0621, JPXA26.0057
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • JPXX01.0621/JPXA26.0057
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurants
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Tiny Greens Organic Farm
  • Total ill:
  • 140
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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