Summary of the incident:

  • Date: December 14, 2023
  • Location: Airbus Atlantic’s site in Montoir-de-Bretagne, western France
  • Event: Christmas dinner for the company’s employees
  • Number affected: Over 700 employees (estimates range from 700 to 100)
  • Symptoms: Vomiting and diarrhea

An investigation has been launched after more than 700 Airbus staffers felt sick following the Christmas dinner celebration on December 14. The Airbus company had hosted a Christmas dinner for its employees.

Health Authorities in France have initiated an investigation as 700+ people showed signs of diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting. Those employees reported getting sick 24 hours to 48 hours after the dinner.

The Christmas dinner party was hosted at a restaurant located in Montoir-de-Bretagne. Lobster, Tournedos, Gone Gars, Scallops, Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse, and Ice-Cream logs were included in the dinner party. The food was prepared by the company’s food court.

As per the latest information, the reason behind the illness has not been identified by the French health officials. Though Airbus officials claimed no one was seriously ill, however, affected employees reported they experienced colic and headaches like never had before. Moreover, they said the pain was worse than giving birth.

This case is now being investigated by the French health authority. Airbus has shown commitment to cooperating with the French Agency to identify the cause of the illness and ensure such a nightmare to not occur in the future.

“We are currently ongoing with investigations,” stated a spokesperson, who also mentioned that the findings are anticipated to be accessible by next week. A survey has been distributed to everyone who attended the meal.

Investigation, Severity and Current Status

French health authorities, specifically the Regional Health Agency (Agence Régionale de Santé), are currently probing the cause of an illness outbreak. The precise origin of the outbreak remains elusive, but there is a suspicion that it might be linked to food poisoning. The menu, which reportedly featured items such as lobster, scallops, and desserts, is undergoing thorough analysis.

In terms of severity, some employees have described the illness as intense, citing symptoms like “colic and headaches like I’d never had before.” However, Airbus officials assert that no one has been seriously affected. There have been no reports of individuals requiring hospitalization at this point.

As of now, the investigation is ongoing, and additional information is anticipated in the coming days. Airbus is actively cooperating with the investigation and is extending assistance to affected employees.

It is worth noting that this incident has garnered considerable international media attention. It is crucial to acknowledge that the available information may not be entirely accurate or comprehensive.

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Manoj Karki
Manoj Karki is contributing as a travel content writer at AviaTech Channel. Professionally, he is a Senior Test Automation Engineer, and currently works/lives in Finland. He has traveled almost all European Countries, and major U.S. cities. He loves both aviation, and travel so, shares valuable content with our readers.