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• The International Business Times reports that “six children were hospitalised on Thursday in the northern French town of Lille after being infected with the rare strain of E.Coli bacteria recently traced to Germany, health authorities said ... All six had eaten defrosted burger meat made by the French company SEB who told officials the meat was taken from animals slaughtered in Germany and processed in France ... Health authorities said the infection was a rare strain of the E.coli bacteria but that it was not linked to a similar outbreak in Germany where 38 people died and thousands more sickened.”

Reuters reports on a new study from the US centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying that only 10 percent of American teenagers are getting enough - meeting “U.S. targets for both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities exercise” - and 25 percent are having at least one sugared soft drink a day.

As the story notes, “Both studies raise concerns about the health of U.S. teens, and call for increased efforts to get them moving more and consuming fewer sweet drinks ... CDC said the findings are worrying because studies have shown that sugar-sweetened beverages add calories to the diet and often are substituted for healthier beverage choices.

“And among teens, specifically, sweetened beverage consumption can contribute to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, a risk factor for diabetes, the CDC said.”

• The Business Journal reports that Balistreri-owned and Milwaukee-based Sendik’s has applied for a liquor license in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and that it “is actively seeking expansion opportunities in southeast Wisconsin, but can’t confirm any plans for new stores.”
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