Approximately 200 employees of the BYD Company Limited, a car
maker in Shanghai, were hospitalized on Thursday with suspected
The employees started to suffer vomiting and nausea at about 2
PM on Thursday and went to Shanghai First People's Hospital. A
total of 200 employees were at the hospital by 5 PM and most of
them received antibiotic injections.
Around 50 workers are still receiving treatment but the
remainder left the hospital around 8 PM. All patients are out of
danger, according to the hospital.
The company says kidney beans are suspected of causing the
illness but the hospital hasn't confirmed this. The local food
safety watchdog is investigating the incident.
(Xinhua News Agency January 19, 2007)