Beijing, Aug 23(ANI): China Police has blamed tainted vinegar for causing a mass food poisoning that killed at least 11 and left 120 people ill at a Ramadan meal in Sangzhu village in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in Northwest China.
According to police, a six-year-old was one of the dead. One person is in critical condition while the others are out of danger after undergoing treatment at the hospital.
An initial probe into the incident showed that the villagers had consumed vinegar from two plastic barrels that had previously contained antifreeze, during the Ramadan meal.
Antifreeze commonly contains a chemical known as ethylene glycol, which causes symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.
The police are still waiting for results from toxicity tests to confirm the source of the poisoning, the China Daily reports.
According to the police, poisoning affected numerous people as it occurred during the religious period of Ramadan, when Muslims eat in large groups at night after fasting during the day.
According to China’s Health Ministry, at least 45 people died in food poisoning cases in the first six months of 2011, and the majority of the deaths were caused by food tainted by toxic chemicals. (ANI)