In today’s grossest tangentially-related-to-Penn news, 12 E. Coli cases have been linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s. The Associated Press reports that the guilty chains are located only in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Wisconsin, although this is not the first offense by the sandwich chain. The sprouts also struck last year, and 140 salmonella cases were reported then.
Jimmy John’s switched from alfalfa to clover sprouts post-salmonella situation, but it seems as if all raw sprouts pose a risk as they require warm, humid, bacteria-loving conditions to grow. Picture that dark crevice the next time you order a sandwich and skip the sprouts!