Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog French boy permanently disabled by E. coli in frozen beef
In June, 2011, eight children in Northern France were initially diagnosed with E. coli O157
after eating beef burgers bought from German discount retailer, Lidl.
In May 2012, the Institut de veille sanitaire
summarized the outbreak, and revealed 17 children were sickened
, 16 from E. coli O157-O177 and 1 due to E. coli O157-O26.
Now, a trial has begun
for two former executives of French frozen food company SEB, charged with a “deliberate violation of safety obligations” that put customers at risk and caused involuntary injuries. Their trial began on Tuesday, June 6, and the two men face prison if convicted.
SEB has since gone out of business.
According to The Local
, in 2011 a two-year-old boy named Nolan Moittie was one of 17 people in France who became seriously ill after eating steak hachés, or chopped steak patties, that were contaminated with E. coli bacteria, and which had been sold frozen at a Lidl grocery store. The illness caused the two-year-old boy to have a heart attack and fall into a coma while in the hospital.
The E. coli infection caused irreversible damage, and while Moittie survived and is now eight years old, he can’t talk and no longer has the use of 80 percent of his body. Doctors say the damage is irreversible.
But neither man is accepting responsibility and the defense is claiming that the illness from the minced beef was a result of consumers not storing and preparing them properly.
Just cook it doesn’t cut it.
“Money as they say, won’t bring you happiness, and it won’t help my son get back to how he was before,” his mother Priscilla said.
Steak hachés are a staple dish in France, particularly among children. In 2009 some 250,000 tonnes were sold, half of which were sold as frozen products.