The Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai has been cleared of allegations that it poisoned at least 45 guests at a recent wedding banquet after importing illegal Kobe beef from Japan.
According to Shanghai Daily, nearly 150 guests of the wedding banquet on March 1 fell ill within a couple of days of attending the banquet.
Most guests and relatives only experienced vomiting, diarrhea and fevers, however, 12 people including the bridegroom had to receive hospital treatment.
The infamous hotel, situated on the Bund in Huangpu District, has been let off the hook due to lack of evidence connecting the illnesses with the food served.
Officials have reported that the dish suspected of causing the illness was listed in Chinese on the menu as a Kobe beef dish. However, beef imports from Japan have been banned since 2001, rendering this dish either an illegal import or a false listing.
The hotel has denied ever importing beef from Japan, and claimed it only referred to it as Kobe beef on the menu to indicate the high quality of the dish. The english equivalent on the menu was listed as pan-friend Australian beef.
Let’s hope the Waldorf’s dodgy beef is only a ‘rare’ case…
By Freya Twigden