Heather Tuttle, 27, has filed the first of possibly many lawsuits against sandwich chain Jimmy John’s alleging the company sold “unreasonably dangerous” foods which made Tuttle and 11 others in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, and Wisconsin, sick with E.coli.
The outbreak has been linked to raw clover sprouts served at the sandwich store, and occurred from Dec 25, 2011 to January 15, 2012. Two of those who contracted E. coli were hospitalized. There have been no reported deaths from the outbreak.
According to the lawsuit, this outbreak is the fifth outbreak linked to sprouts at Jimmy John’s since 2008, with the other four being either salmonella or E.coli related. The Ledger reports that more than 400 consumers have been sickened from Jimmy John’s all together.
Tuttle required a series of medical treatments for the E.coli illness, and suffered “excruciating cramps” and diarrhea after eating a turkey sandwich with sprouts from Jimmy John’s on January 3.
The Centers for Disease Control reported that the tainted raw clover sprouts came from a common lot of clover seeds, and that the seed supplier had previously warned sprout growing facilities to discontinue their use.
The lawsuit seeks damages for pain and suffering and medical expenses.