Jimmy John's drops sprouts after E. coli outbreak

The franchise is being sued by a woman with E. coli poisoning

· February 21, 2012, 11:03 pm   ·  Updated February 23, 2012, 10:15 pm

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A recent outbreak of E. coli has led Jimmy John’s franchises across the nation and in Philadelphia to drop sprouts off their menus.

The chain, headquartered in Illinois, is currently linked to a five-state outbreak of E. coli.

“Our national supply had become inconsistent and therefore we’ve decided to pull them from the menu,” said Alex Moser, Jimmy John’s area manager in Philadelphia and 2007 College graduate. There are five Jimmy John’s locations in Philadelphia, including one at 39th and Walnut streets.

An Iowa woman, who claims she suffered E. coli poisoning after eating sprouts from Jimmy John’s on Jan. 3, announced yesterday she is suing the sandwich chain.

Though this is the first lawsuit against Jimmy John’s related to the E. coli outbreak, 12 people in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Wisconsin have suffered E. coli poisoning between Dec. 25 and Jan. 15, according to The Associated Press.

It is unclear whether the absence of sprouts will affect Jimmy John’s customers at Penn.

College sophomore Rebecca Fleischman will most likely continue eating at the “cheap and convenient” sandwich shop.

“I get the vegetarian sandwich. It’s better with the sprouts, but I can eat it without,” she said. “I love the sprouts but I’ll still eat there.”

However, for College senior Cate Sturla, the news may have a bigger impact on her decision to buy Jimmy John’s sandwiches.

“I normally eat the beach club which has sprouts, so I’ll probably stop eating there.”

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