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CDC declares an end to Jimmy John’s sprout outbreak

Federal officials have closed the book on an outbreak of Salmonella infections among Jimmy John’s customers, saying a specific source could not be identified, even though 80 percent of the sick people ate raw sprouts from the restaurant chain before becoming ill. Reporting 10 confirmed cases of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo infections across… Continue Reading

Jimmy Johns pulls sprouts from all 2,727 franchise locations

Jimmy Johns Friday did something it has done in the past after one or more of its sandwich franchises was linked to an outbreak of foodborne illnesses: It ordered sprouts temporarily off the menu at all of its locations. In a statement, Jimmy Johns management said the temporary sprout ban is a “precautionary measure” while… Continue Reading

FDA issues warning letters to handlers of sprouts, fish products

A California sprout processor, a Denver fish processor and a New York seafood importer are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. Two of the three facilities confirmed positive test results for Listeria, after environmental samples were taken during FDA inspection, and sent to laboratory analysis… Continue Reading

FDA fresh sprout project finds some pathogens, other problems

An analysis of fresh sprouts and the companies that grow them has revealed relatively low numbers in terms of some foodborne pathogens — but also showed low compliance rates in terms of safety measures. Out of 825 samples of seeds, water and finished sprouts tested, officials found Salmonella or Listeria contamination in only 14. None… Continue Reading

Good Seed brand sprouts recalled again because of Listeria

A Virginia sprout grower that has repeatedly recalled fresh sprouts because of positive tests for Listeria monocytogenes is again recalling Good Seed brand sprouts because of the potentially deadly bacteria. Happy Sprout Inc. of Springfield, VA, recalled an undisclosed volume of fresh soybean sprouts Wednesday because routine surveillance sampling by the Food Safety Program of… Continue Reading

ChloroFields sprouted microgreens recalled for Salmonella

A Kansas grower is recalling “Asian Mix Microgreens” from retailers in three states because a random sample tested by the Food and Drug Administration found Salmonella bacteria in the sprouts. The ChloroFields branded microgreens from ChloroFields of Lawrence, KS, have sell-by dates of March 26, so there is concern retailers and consumers may still have… Continue Reading

Food safety educator’s take on sprouts — cook them to kill risk


Editor’s note: The Food and Drug Administration published draft guidance for sprout growers in recent days and is accepting public comments. In the meantime, Jane Hart of the Michigan State Universty Extension program offers practical advice for consumers in this column originally published on the Extension website. Have you noticed ever so often, you hear… Continue Reading

The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state. The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include… Continue Reading