The FDA accused sandwich fast food chain Jimmy John's of using vegetables linked to multiple different E. coli and salmonella outbreaks.
In a letter released Tuesday, the FDA said Jimmy John's used "adulterated" produce, specifically clover sprouts and cucumbers. It added these 5 noted outbreaks "impacted consumers in no fewer than 17 states" over seven years.
The letter also said that despite Jimmy John's saying it was working to fix the problem, it "[has] not provided [the] FDA with any information demonstrating long-term, sustainable corrections...to prevent this violation from recurring in the future."
Jimmy John's president James North told CNN the company has removed sprouts from its stores as a cautionary measure, adding, "food safety is our top priority."
Jimmy John's has 15 days to share its plan to "address the violation" or faces further action from the FDA.