18 Jun '11, 9am

Burgers left eight French kids in hospital with E coli

LILLE (France) - Eight children have been admitted to hospital in northern France after eating beef burgers infected with a strain of E coli bacteria, health officials said. But the bacteria was not related to the lethal strain of E coli that has killed 39 people and made 3,000 ill, most of them in northern Germany. "We are now certain that this is not the same strain as the one discovered in Germany," a health official from the Nord Pas de Calais region said. Privately-owned German discount chain (picture) Lidl has withdrawn boxes of frozen beef patties, which regional health authorities said were behind the French infections. The boxes were sold under the brand "Steaks Country" and had expiry dates of May 10, 11 and 12, officials said. On Wednesday, five children, aged between 20 months and eight years and from different towns in the Nord Pas de Calais region, were taken...

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