SPRINGFIELD, Mo - Sprouts from the sandwich chain Jimmy John's have been linked to an outbreak of foodborne illness in the Ozarks.
“We received three reports of shiga toxin producingE. coliin Greene county residents between January 7and January 13,” said Administrator of Community Health and Epidemiology.
The Springfield Greene-County Health Department's epidemiological team worked to identify the common source of the illness on a local level beginning in mid-January, and those efforts contributed to a broader investigation as more cases were identified across the country.
The Greene County Health Department says in this case, theE. coliwas caused by contaminated seeds. While they don’t know yet where those seeds came from, what they did say is the spouts themselves came from growers in Kansas.