Four weddings in China, but no funeral reported


BEIJING — 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 diarrhoea 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 neighbouring 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.