Lidl recalls beefburgers in France

Tonnes of frozen beefburgers have been recalled from Lidl stores across France, after seven children were hospitalised in Lille with infections stemming from E.coli.

The beef is believed to have come from farms in France, Germany and the Netherlands, according to SEB, the French manufacturer, and was sold under the brand ‘Steak Country’. However, SEB chief executive Guy Lamorlette said that the origin of the infection had yet to be confirmed.

The French Minister of Health Xavier Bertrand said: “To the extent these products were delivered in other areas, we also have a watch on the entire territory.”

The French authorities confirmed that this outbreak is unconnected to the recent E.coli outbreak in Germany, in which 22 people have died and 2,200 people have been affected.

One two-year-old boy is in a serious condition, while the other children, aged from 20-months to  eight years old, are said to be stable.