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Around 700 Airbus Atlantic employees sick after Christmas party

Around 700 Airbus Atlantic employees sick after Christmas party Airbus Atlantic employees sick after Christmas party (Getty Images)

Over 700 employees at Airbus Atlantic in western France are feeling sick after the company's Christmas dinner, according to local health authorities while the company says only "around 100 were taken ill," The Guardian reports.

They experienced symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, as stated by the Agence Régionale de Santé (ARS). The ARS noted that diners exhibited "clinical signs of vomiting or diarrhea."

According to the media, the dinner was organized for 2,600 workers at the company’s restaurant at its site at Montoir-de-Bretagne in the Loire-Atlantique region.

The menu contained foie gras, scallops, lobster, tournedos, and desserts - ice-cream logs and hazelnut and chocolate mousse.

While Airbus says that approximately "around 100" people were affected, it asserted cooperation to determine the cause and prevent future incidents.

"On Friday 15 December, around 100 Airbus Atlantic employees were taken ill after contracting a food-borne illness after eating the company-organised Christmas lunch," an Airbus spokesperson told Sky News. "This appears to be an isolated event and all employees are recovering well."

An investigation is underway to identify the source of the widespread food poisoning.

Airbus Atlantic

Airbus Atlantic, a subsidiary of the world's biggest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has a workforce of 15,000 across five countries.

Airbus, with a global workforce of 134,000, operates in the aircraft, helicopter, defense, space, and security sectors.

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