- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) - A state investigation into an E. coli contamination has prompted a Vermont restaurant to voluntarily close its doors and switch food vendors.

The Vermont Department of Health says that at least five people have contracted the bacterial infection. Officials say the department is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify the source of the contamination.

Jason Merrill, executive chef at Worthy Burger, tells The Valley News (https://bit.ly/1KDgi5E ) that health officials approached the South Royalton restaurant’s leadership last week and asked them to consider changing some of their food vendors out of precaution.

Merrill says he switched almost all of his vendors. The restaurant closed Sept. 17 and reopened on Tuesday. It’s not clear if anyone got sick at the restaurant.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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