Jimmy John’s has asked its franchises to pull alfalfa sprouts believed to be tied to outbreaks of salmonella in Illinois and Wisconsin.
The sandwich chain says it is pulling them as a “good faith and good will gesture.”
Illinois health officials have confirmed that 43 Illinois residents and one Wisconsin resident have salmonella.
All residents said they ate alfalfa sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Adams, Champaign, Cook, DuPage, Kankakee, Macon, McHenry, McLean, Peoria and Will counties, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
IDPH officials said alfalfa sprout producers and suppliers are being investigated, and produce testing is ongoing. Three other reported cases are still under investigation.
Symptoms of illness caused by salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach cramps. Illness usually develops within six to 72 hours after being exposed to salmonella bacteria.
IDPH has advised the sandwich company to remove alfalfa from its menus. However, the company said earlier today that there hasn’t been an official warning to remove the sprouts.
“Like other restaurants, we are working with the State of Illinois Health Department as they investigate the source of the illness,” the company said in a statement.
With the Associated Press.