In the latest food safety alert, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was investigating an e. coli outbreak linked to a family fast food chain,media reported. According to the CDC, the key to the infection is the clover sprout used by the company, which points out that cases linked to E. coli have occurred in several states.
Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is involved in the investigation.
The CDC says people who have eaten sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants before February 24 may be at risk of contracting E. coli.
The good news is that once the outbreak is proven to be related to the restaurant, the CDC can take steps to prevent further infections. According to the CDC, all Jimmy John’s restaurants have stopped offering buds to customers since February 24.
The CDC also noted that 14 cases of e. coli infection son-in-charge have been reported in five states. None of these cases require hospitalization or have caused death. The earliest cases occurred on 6 January. At present, it is not clear whether any retailers sell contaminated sprouts or whether other restaurants are supplying the food.