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Health Officials: WI Jimmy John's Unaffected by Salmonella Outbreak


CHICAGO, Ill. (WTAQ) - Health officials say none of the Jimmy John’s restaurants in Wisconsin have been affected by a salmonella outbreak reported in neighboring Illinois.

The sandwich chain said it was pulling alfalfa sprouts from some of its franchised outlets, after Illinois health officials confirmed that 44 people came down with salmonella poisoning.

One of those people was a Wisconsinite who ate at a Jimmy John’s in Chicago – but a public health official in Illinois did not know where the Wisconsin resident lives.

Officials say they’re testing produce from the Illinois Jimmy John’s – and alfalfa suppliers are being checked out.

Shane Keddell, who manages a Jimmy John’s in Appleton, says his sprouts come from a greenhouse – and he’s had no problems with them.

Problems were first reported in Winnebago County Illinois, right across the border from Beloit. But that county was taken off the list after officials could not confirm any salmonella cases there. But one other adjoining county to the state – McHenry – remains on the list.