It appears that more than 700 staff from Airbus Atlantic in western France fell ill after a Christmas dinner, experiencing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, according to health authorities (Agence Régionale de Santé – ARS). Airbus, however, stated that only “around 100” employees were affected. The cause of the illness is currently unknown, and Airbus is cooperating with ARS to identify and address the issue.
Airbus Atlantic is a subsidiary of Airbus, the world’s largest aircraft maker, employing 15,000 people across five countries. The ARS has launched an investigation to determine the source of the mass food poisoning. The broader Airbus group, with 134,000 employees, operates in the aircraft, helicopter, defense, space, and security industries.
In a separate incident earlier in the year in France, there were cases of food-borne illness, including a fatality, due to botulism contracted at a restaurant in Bordeaux.