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Six French children hospitalized with E. Coli after eating hamburgers

The Local · 16 Jun 2011, 14:05

Published: 16 Jun 2011 13:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Jun 2011 14:05 GMT+02:00

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The children, the youngest of whom is 20 months old, had eaten defrosted hamburgers made by the French company SEB which said the meat was possibly taken from animals slaughtered in Germany and processed in France.

"There's meat from Germany, there's meat from Belgium and from Holland," SEB chief executive Guy Lamorlette told news agency AFP. "There are several suppliers. We will have to await the test results to say which is contaminated."

The "Steak Country" burgers were bought in French branches of German supermarket Lidl. SEB said it had recalled them and Lidl said it had removed them from its shelves in France.

Health authorities said the infection was a rare strain of the E. coli bacteria and was not connected to the recent outbreak in Germany, though SEB said the meat was sourced there.

"They are in a serious but not worrying state. Their lives are not at all in danger," said a spokesman for the Regional Health Agency (ARS) in Lille, northern France, where the children were hospitalized on Wednesday.

The ARS official said the children had suffered from bloody diarrhoea, which also struck victims of the outbreak in Germany which has been blamed on infected vegetable sprouts.

The French infections "have no link at present with the recent epidemic in Germany," the official added.

Despite a general reduction in the rate of new infections with the EHEC bacteria in Germany, the 38th person died on Thursday according to public health authorities.

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Your comments about this article

19:33 June 16, 2011 by Gretl
" had eaten defrosted hamburgers" So they had been frozen at one point? Normally, if they have been frozen, then cooked completely, the e. Coli would not survive. But that goes to show you how filthy commercial ground meat is. I 've had stomach surgery that reduces the acid content (that kills bacteria) so I won't even eat ground beef anymore.
03:11 June 17, 2011 by DOZ
Germany should seriously consider the possibility that this contamination is being deliberatly carried out by Western Terrorists working and living in Germany.
08:17 June 17, 2011 by aceroni
So what does this have to do with Germany?? The company producing the meat patties is French, the meat can possibly come also from Holland or Belgium, the store is in France, the only German connection is the owner of the supermarket chain. Ok, there have been several problems with food here, but is this becoming a witch hunt against Germany now?
11:08 June 18, 2011 by cuteadaeze
@DOZ,my opinion exactly.
11:08 June 18, 2011 by PARAM ESWARAN
IT is hightime the European countries fended themselves with more food and drug discipline for assuring Food Security to its people. Being a citizen of a EU, is today not a laudable point or feature in one's life. Europe is under attack thru bio weapons.I am a yoga /meditation master, in far away India- www.sunflowerdance.com.

I thought Europe would be far ahead in food security. I am really shocked to see the state of affairs of Administrations in Europe who do not care about its people.

When I think of the children under attack from EColi I feel - I feel - for them. and want to save them by all the knowledge and means I have.But it seems no one is bothered about kids too.

Any way: for those discerning citizens:


-All food processes should be transparent and monitored by Security Officers.

-All ingredients should be verified as to their origin.

-Adequate warnings to be given to existing Irresponsible institutions to change to better means of production or perish.

I am also wondering How E coli can survive hot items served or frozen items served in a hotel. Ok! If they given some green salad dressings -WHY DOES THE GOVT ALLOW THE SALADS AND GREENS NOW AT THIS TIME OF EMERGENCY. Let the vending shops stop putting what is green or what is at room temperature.

Let the parents be truly concerned Let them not send their tiny children to Hotels at this time of the hour - when E Coli is ruling the day.

Looks like the light of love and care and the love for life is GONE and all are ready to accept death but not trying to stop death!!!

Look at the people who have written in response to this threat in all the columns

though they never had sufficient time to write.

God protect the children of Europe, cause they come from Gods.


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