A total of 20 villagers suffered from food poisoning when they were attending a funeral dinner in Funan County of east China’s Anhui Province Saturday morning, said sources with the local hospital.
Preliminary investigation showed they were poisoned with nitrite contained in the dinner food. Medical staff from the local hospital and epidemic prevention station rushed over to rescue them, who were in stable condition by press time.
According to the medical staff, 14 of the 20 food poisoning sufferers were children. Laboratory test from the vomits showed the nitrite contained in the food was the cause leading to the food poisoning.
The local source said that the cook had put some nitrite to preserve the meat before he made the meat food which resulted in the nitrite food poisoning.