Jimmy John's E. coli 0267 Outbreak Lawsuits - Multistate (2011)


A total of 29 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O267 were reported from 11 states, including:  Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Iowa (5), Kansas (2), Michigan (10), Missouri (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (1).

Of the 27 ill persons with available information, 23 reported consuming sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants in the 7 days preceding illness.  Among 29 ill persons, illness onset dates ranged from December 25, 2011 to March 3, 2012.  Ill persons range in age from 9 years to 57 years old, with a median age of 26 years.  89% of ill persons are female.  Among the 29 ill persons, 7 were hospitalized. None developed HUS, and no deaths were reported.

Preliminary traceback information identified a common lot of clover seeds used to grow clover sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurant locations where ill persons ate.  FDA and states conducted a traceback that identified two separate sprouting facilities; both used the same lot of seed to grow clover sprouts served at these Jimmy John's restaurant locations.  On February 10, 2012, the seed supplier initiated notification of sprouting facilities that received this lot of clover seed to stop using it.  

Results of the epidemiologic and traceback investigations indicated eating raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants was the likely cause of this outbreak.

Marler Clark represented individuals affected by the outbreak, achieving settlements covering medical expenses, wage loss, and pain and suffering.