According to Spencer Kent of, Health officials have confirmed that they are investigating a Panera Bread in Phillipsburg, Warren County, as a potential source E. coli exposure.

Several E. coli cases were reported Thursday by the state Department of Health in four counties, including Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren.

“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.

Perramant said the Phillipsburg-based Panera Bread was the one primarily being investigated.

But, she emphasized that health officials had not concretely determined Panera as the source, adding that the matter remains under investigation.

A manager at the Phillipsburg Panera declined to comment and referred all inquiries to the company’s corporate headquarters.

Panera’s corporate office, located in Sunset Hills, Missouri, did not return an emailed request seeking comment on Thursday.

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