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Hamburger recall after E.coli scare

French health authorities have ordered a recall of hamburger patties sold by a German supermarket chain after five children were infected by the E.coli bacteria.

The regional health agency said there was no immediate sign of a link with the deadly E.coli outbreak in Germany in recent weeks.

The health agency for the Nord Pas-de-Calais region said the five children were in hospital with infections stemming from E. coli. The infections cause severe diarrhoea.

It said that four of the children ate frozen ground beef patties made in a French factory and sold by German supermarket chain Lidl. Authorities ordered the patties to be recalled pending further investigation.

The beef for the patties came from farms in France, Germany and the Netherlands, said the French manufacturer that supplied the meat for the patties, SEB.

The recall affects about 10 tons of meat, said Guy Lamorlette of SEB.

The family of one of the hospitalised children brought a box of the patties to health authorities for analysis.

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