Four weddings in China, no funeral reported

Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:55am EDT
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Two Chinese wedding banquets held on successive nights at the same restaurant put at least 60 guests into hospital with food poisoning, the latest in a series of village dinner upsets.

Of around 250 villagers who attended the banquets on Friday and Saturday in a rural suburb of Beijing, at least 60 were rushed to hospital in the following days.

"It was embarrassing to have to tell others that I vomited and had diarrhea at a wedding banquet," the Beijing News quoted one villager as saying.

Earlier this month, 170 guests were poisoned at a wedding banquet in the neighboring province of Hebei when powdered rust remover was added to the pot instead of salt.

A day earlier, 61 wedding guests suffered food poisoning at a banquet in impoverished Gansu province in the northwest.

China has been hit by a series of food safety scares in recent years, most recently when thousands of infants fell sick from contaminated milk powder that also killed four babies.

(Reporting by Beijing newsroom; editing by Nick Macfie and Roger Crabb)