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