CDC Says Northwest E. Coli Outbreak is Over

Washington health foodies can rest a little easier — the sprouts on your sandwich are now E. coli-free, according to the federal government.

Back in May, reports cropped up in Washington of E. coli poisoning from raw clover sprouts consumed at several popular restaurants. E. coli went on to infect a total of 19 people, 11 of them in Washington, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Earlier this month, the CDC said that the outbreak appears to be over. The agency pinpointed the source of the outbreak: an Idaho company named Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC.

CDC: E. Coli Risks Remain

Patients affected by E. coli complain of abdominal cramps, fever, vomiting and many other effects. The CDC offers a wealth of information on the effects of these bacteria.

iStock_000008493122_LargeWhile symptoms start with mild stomach pain, E. coli poisoning can sometimes result in severe, life-threatening illness and even death. According to the CDC, 44% of those infected in the recent outbreak were hospitalized. Fortunately, no one died.

While the sudden outbreak of disease comes as a shock to those who thought they were ordering an extra healthy lunch, it is no surprise to Seattle-based food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler. He has dealt with multiple cases of food poisoning by contaminated sprouts at the chain sandwich shop Jimmy John’s — one of the chain restaurants reportedly linked to the newest outbreak. The first case he remembers took place in 2008, with others following in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Marker wrote in the Food Poison Journal:

“While Jimmy John’s pulled sprouts from their menu after each outbreak they eventually resumed serving them to customers.”

Like many other restaurants, Jimmy John’s is supplied by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC.

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