Houston Community News >> Bad Dumplings Leaves 6 Dead in China

11/12/2007-- Six Chinese, including two children, died from food poisoning after eating dumpling soup and two more remained seriously ill, local media reported yesterday, the latest example of food safety risks facing domestic consumers.

Four males and four females collapsed on Sunday with severe cramps and vomiting after eating the soup for lunch in Hubei Province, the Changjiang Times reported. Two died on the spot.

The report said the dead included a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. It said the poisoning occurred at a scrap collection business but did not give any details of the cause.

In Hefei, capital of the neighboring Anhui Province, 74 people were taken to the hospital on Sunday after attending a birthday banquet, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

"The patients suffered vomiting, twitching and diarrhea," the report quoted the provincial health bureau as saying.

Samples of food had been collected for investigation and preliminary analysis showed the poisoning was caused by "nitrite," it said without explanation.

China has launched a nationwide campaign to improve food and product safety after a string of international scares.

Domestically, reports of usually non-fatal food poisoning at school canteens and restaurants are common.  

(Contributed by Taipei Times)