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Botulism in Bordeaux: the manager of the restaurant responsible for several cases of poisoning placed in police custody

2023-12-05T15:21:13.265Z

Highlights: Botulism in Bordeaux: the manager of the restaurant responsible for several cases of poisoning placed in police custody. Fifteen people were poisoned by botulinum toxins in September after attending the Tchin Tchin Wine Bar. The probable cause of the poisoning came from nine jars, each containing three to four sardines, which were served to customers. Those responsible for this poisoning risk up to five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros for manslaughter, three years. for unintentional injury, five years for placing on the market foodstuffs harmful to health.


Fifteen people were poisoned by botulinum toxins in September after attending the same Bordeaux establishment, the Tchin Tchin Wine Bar. The manager of the establishment was taken into custody on Tuesday.


Le Figaro Bordeaux

This information made the headlines in Bordeaux. In the middle of the Rugby World Cup, when thousands of foreign fans were present in the city, fifteen people, including several tourists, consumed sardines in a restaurant and in the following days showed signs of botulism poisoning, an extremely rare affliction that can cause serious neurological complications. One of the victims, a 32-year-old woman, died on September 12. A complaint was filed against the facility for manslaughter.

This Tuesday, in the morning, the manager of the Tchin Tchin Wine Bar, the establishment at the origin of this unprecedented wave of hospitalizations because of botulism, was placed in police custody in Bordeaux, according to information from Le Parisien confirmed by the Bordeaux prosecutor's office to Le Figaro. Initial evidence gathered in September had already determined that the probable cause of the poisoning came from nine jars, each containing three to four sardines, which were served to customers.

Heavy sentences envisaged

This procedure is a sign that the investigation is progressing to determine the exact circumstances that may have allowed these poisonings. The penalties are severe. Those responsible for this poisoning risk up to five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros for manslaughter, three years and a fine of 45,000 euros for unintentional injury, five years and a fine of 600,000 euros for placing on the market foodstuffs harmful to health, and finally two years and a fine of 300,000 euros for selling corrupt or toxic foodstuffs.

The botulinum toxin responsible for these poisonings develops mainly in food products that have not been sterilized properly. Very rare, botulism is potentially fatal in 5 to 10% of cases and requires the prompt administration of a specific treatment, no later than 24 hours after the onset of symptoms. In France, there are on average "between 20 and 30 cases per year," says Benjamin Clouzeau, intensive care physician at Pellegrin Hospital in Bordeaux.

Source: lefigaro

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