The FDA has issued final guidance for those producing and using seeds for sprouting, partly because of a string of foodborne illness outbreaks stretching back more than two decades.

“Contamination can occur at any point in the supply chain, but the seeds themselves are the most likely source of contamination
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If the FDA, CDC, Jimmy John’s corporate officials, and the seed supplier (ISS) had gone public in 2019, would 51 have been sickened in 2020?

Here is the 2020 summary:

When the CDC declared the Jimmy John’s E. coli O103 outbreak over at a total of 51 people infected
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Public health officials continue to investigate a suspected outbreak of foodborne illnesses related to a Jimmy John’s restaurant in Illinois. Many of those sickened are athletes at Illinois State University.

A statement issued by Jimmy John’s officials says the restaurant was temporarily closed, according to The Pantagraph newspaper. The implicated
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The Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of an outbreak of E. coli 0103 in clover sprouts has been completed, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared that the outbreak is over.

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, investigated 51 illnesses caused by E.
Continue Reading CDC says outbreak traced to raw clover sprouts has come to an end

We learned yesterday from a U.S. Attorneys’ Office Press Release that Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. will pay $25 million to resolve criminal charges related to the company’s involvement in foodborne illness outbreaks that sickened more than 1,100 people between 2015 and 2018.

A criminal information filed in federal court in
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Public health officials have identified another 25 victims in an E. coli outbreak traced to raw sprouts that were served at Jimmy John’s, sold at Whole Foods and other retailers, and distributed to unknown entities.

Updates from the FDA and CDC this afternoon reported the six-state outbreak has now sickened
Continue Reading Two dozen more sick in E. coli outbreak traced to raw clover sprouts

Having originally reported that an outbreak was linked to clover sprouts used by Jimmy John’s restaurants, the FDA now says the E. coli outbreak is related to products from Chicago Indoor Garden that were distributed to Whole Foods, Coosemans and other entities.

The new public recommendation posted yesterday by
Continue Reading Unclear if Jimmy John’s still implicated in outbreak; FDA posts new public notice

Federal officials are warning the public about a new E. coli outbreak traced to clover sprouts on sandwiches from Jimmy John’s restaurants. More than a dozen people across five states have been confirmed as infected.

“We are advising consumers who may have recently eaten sprouts at Jimmy John’s to monitor
Continue Reading Jimmy John’s named in new E. coli outbreak; stops offering sprouts