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Jimmy John’s - Sprouters Northwest Salmonella Outbreak

After a recall involving contaminated sprouts in Jimmy John’s sandwiches, Oregon Public Health Division officials warned consumers not to eat clover sprouts from a Washington state supplier in December of 2010.

At least seven people, including four in Washington and three in Oregon, became ill with Salmonella infections. Sprouters Northwest of Kent, WA, produced the Salmonella-contaminated sprouts identified as the source of the illnesses, according to Oregon health officials.

The recalled sprouts from Washington state include Clover, Clover & Onion, Spicy Sprouts and Deli Sprouts varieties—all with the Sprouters Northwest brand name.  They were sold in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and possibly other states, as well as in British Columbia.  They were sold in retail stores in 4-ounce and 5-ounce plastic containers, and in larger 1-pound bags and 2-pound trays to grocery stores and wholesale suppliers, which in turn supplied the sprouts to restaurants and other outlets.

This outbreak was separate from the Jimmy John’s alfalfa sprout Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 140 people, primarily in the Midwest, earlier in 2010.