Thursday, 18 April 2013

Poisoned bread: Rat poison laced bread sends 25 workers to hospital

Poisoned bread: Rat poison laced bread sends 25 workers to hospital, A thank-you gift results with 25 people being sent to the hospital after eating bread rolls laced with rat poisoning in German. These poisoned bread rolls were left at their company as a thank-you "gift," authorities report. The workers at a plastics company in Lower Saxony helped themselves to the sandwiches that were left in a box with a note, according to the BBC on April 17, 2013.

It wasn't until one of the workers noticed an odd substance on the breadrolls that the authorities were notified. Breadrolls are the same as what the U.S. calls sandwiches. The "thank-you" note that accompanied these sandwiches wished everyone a good appetite. It thanked them for something that seems to have gotten lost in the translation, but it had something to do with the leadership within the company.

The presence of rat poisoning was confirmed with tests conducted overnight in Berlin at a laboratory. While the 25 workers who ate the sandwiches have not showed signs of rat poisoning, they were put under observation as a precaution.

"We don't believe the amount of poison used would have been deadly, but it could have caused serious illness," reports police spokesman Frank Soika. Staff at the medical facility monitoring the workers are not sure how long it would take for signs of poisoning to emerge. The authorities have no suspects or motives for this poisoning at this time, but the investigation is on-going.

Rat poisoning builds up in your system, that is why cases of murder using the rat poisoning usually entail a trusted friend or family adding a little of the substance to the person's food daily over a period of time, which is often seen in the movies. The person being poisoned starts to get sick with flu-like symptoms and gets worse as the substance continues to be ingested.

The "full effects of taking rat poison may not occur for up to two weeks after ingestion," according to Livestrong.

The victims are being monitored as medical staff were unsure how long it would take for the poison to work, according to local media.

The employees had begun eating the rolls when someone noticed an unusual substance on them and called the emergency services.

The leftover rolls were flown by helicopter to a specialist laboratory in Berlin for testing.

The identity of the perpetrator and the motive remain unclear.

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