China: Chef Added Pesticide, Not Sauce, to Lunch

BEIJING (AP) — China's state news agency says one person died and 20 others were sickened after a chef mistakenly added pesticide instead of a sauce as he was making lunch.

Xinhua News Agency said in a brief dispatch Thursday that the chef was among those who fell ill after eating the lunch at a construction site in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The others who were sickened were migrant workers. Two people were in critical condition.

Xinhua quoted the police as saying it was a crime of negligence. There was no mention of whether the chef had been charged.

The report gave no other details.

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