7. Sprouts salmonella outbreak - The Packer

7. Sprouts salmonella outbreak

12/28/2012 12:17:00 PM
Greg Johnson


Feb. 20

Packer Editorial

Sprout risk is too high

If the latest sprout outbreak is ultimately traced to Jimmy John’s, as it has been linked, Jimmy John’s has a huge consumer relations campaign ahead of it.

After all, the sandwich chain can’t claim it didn’t know sprouts could make its customers sick. About a year ago, Jimmy John’s recalled alfalfa sprouts after they sickened more than 100 of its diners, removed them from menus in several cities and switched from alfalfa to clover sprouts. ...

A year ago, an Oregon epidemiologist said clover sprouts were no safer than alfalfa and predicted a rise in clover sprout outbreaks if Jimmy John’s switched.

Unfortunately, he was right.


March 5

Sprouts Safety Alliance tackles risk-ridden item

By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

Government and research groups have established the Sprouts Safety Alliance to tackle what the Food and Drug Administration calls the “unique food safety risk” of sprouts

A $100,000 grant at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health established the alliance. It comes in the wake of an E. coli outbreak linked to clover sprouts on sandwiches at Jimmy Johns restaurants.

The alliance is composed of members from the FDA, local and state food protection agencies, the food industry, and academia, according to a news release.

Bob Sanderson, president of the International Sprout Growers Association and co-owner of Jonathan’s Sprouts Inc., Rochester, Mass., is on the alliance steering committee. He said he was happy that the public/private approach is being used.


April 30

Sprouts alliance gets off to slow start

By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

Two months after the announcement of its 12-month, $100,000 federal grant, the Sprout Safety Alliance has not issued any statements about its work and has not launched its website, which officials initially said would be up and running in March.


Nov. 5

Safety group plans fast action

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