Six French children hospitalized over E coli-infected burger meat
Six children were being treated in hospital in the northern French city of Lille on Thursday after eating burger meat infected with a rare type of E coli bacteria, regional health authorities said.
All were described by doctors as being in stable condition, DPA reported.
The source of the contamination is believed to be a French brand of burgers sold by German discount food chain Lidl.
The makers of Steaks Country burgers, based in Saint-Dizier, about half-way between Paris and the eastern city of Strasbourg, announced they ordered their clients to withdraw all burgers from contaminated lots.
It was not clear if there was any link between the bacteria found in the burger meat and the strain of E coli which has killed 38 people, all but one in Germany, and sickened thousands others.