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News Wed Dec 22 2010
If you haven't heard, Jimmy Johns locations across Illinois have removed alfalfa sprouts from their menus due to a salmonella outbreak that left dozens of people ill. From NBC.com:
The request came from the man himself -- Jimmy John Liautaud -- in a letter to franchisees: "Approximately 88 people have gotten ill in 15 states," he wrote. "Of those, 40 have been interviewed. Of those 40, 28 have eaten at Jimmy John's. Of those 28, 25 have eaten sprouts."
I'm not a sprout eater by nature. It's not that they're notorious purveyors of all kinds of foodborne illnesses -- it's that I just don't really care for the taste. Yesterday though, by sheer accident, I was handed a vegetarian sub avec alfalfa and decided confidently that, "Yes, today I will take the first step toward healthy eating." Of course it's no Bootlegger Club with extra bacon, but what's the worst that could possibly happen, right? Well apparently vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and rose-colored spots on my chest. Rose. Colored. Spots. If you're out there Liataud, I want you to know that if I come out the other side of this, I'm having my first meal at Potbelly.