E. coli outbreak possibly linked to Panera Bread in NJ

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At least six cases of E. coli in New Jersey may be tied to a local restaurant and are being investigated, health officials said Thursday.

“The Warren County Health Department and state Health Department are investigating a cluster of E. coli cases” potentially from “local Panera Breads,” said Sarah Perramant, public health epidemiologist in Warren County, as quoted by NJ.com.

Perramant cautioned that Panera Bread has not been definitively determined to be the source.

A manager at the Phillipsburg, N.J. Panera restaurant being eyed declined to comment to NJ.com.

Fox News’ email to the Panera Bread parent company press site was not immediately answered.

The state Department of Health said they are looking into a “cluster” of cases in four counties: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren.

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