US-based sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s is facing a lawsuit over a Salmonella Montevideo infection outbreak.

Food safety law firm Marler Clark filed the lawsuit on behalf of its client Kathleen Navis, who developed the infection after buying a sandwich with sprouts from Jimmy John’s.

Navis purchased a #12 Beach Club sandwich from the Beaver Dam restaurant on 18 December 2017 and experienced symptoms of nausea, painful diarrhoea and stomach cramps days after consuming it.

She sought medical attention on 8 January 2018 where medical professionals identified her as positive for Salmonella Montevideo following lab testing. Later, she went through various stages of the infection.

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“It has also long been aware of the severe harm such contamination can cause and has caused to consumers.”

Marler Clark managing partner Bill Marler said: “Jimmy John’s has long been aware of the danger of its sprouts being contaminated with bacterial pathogens like Salmonella.

“It has also long been aware of the severe harm such contamination can cause and has caused to consumers, yet has repeatedly refused to take appropriate action to address this problem.”

On 19 January 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections linked to raw sprouts from Jimmy John’s.

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The agency identified ten confirmed cases including Navis across Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Jimmy John’s has also been involved in various outbreaks related to food offered at its restaurants from 2008 to this year.