Jimmy John L.jpgFourteen confirmed E. coli infections in the Jimmy Johns sprouts E. coli outbreak, with 5 from Iowa, 3 in Missouri, 2 from Kansas, one each from Wisconsin and Arkansas, and announced on Friday, another 2 confirmed a 5 suspect illnesses in Michigan.  Sprouts are known to be the contaminated food item, and the sprouts, grown at more than one sprouting location, are reported to have been grown at these multiple locations from seeds that came from the same supplier.  The seeds were contaminated.

(Question: has there been a recall? I review the FDA database multiple times a day and have not seen one yet.  That, or if somebody knows of a reason why these seeds haven’t been recalled, what is it?  Definition of Class I recall:  a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.)

As for where the 14 (and possibly 19) sick people were from:  illnesses in Iowa occurred in Linn, Johnson, Polk, and Dallas counties.  In Michigan, the 7 possible cases were from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Kent counties.  The Missouri cases lived in Greene County.  The Arkansas and Wisconsin cases are more difficult to track.