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Moscow police arrest three people after mass food poisoning

Police in Moscow have arrested three people following a mass food poisoning incident that left dozens hospitalized, Russian state media reported reported Tuesdayciting law enforcement officials.

Health officials said Monday that more than 120 people had sought medical help and at least 30 were in intensive care with suspected food-borne botulism, a life-threatening disease that attacks the nervous system and can lead to respiratory arrest and paralysis.

Authorities said the outbreak of toxins was caused by salads sold by the delivery service Kuchnia Na Rayone, which temporarily suspended operations on Sunday after law enforcement started a criminal investigation into the poisonings.

Kuchnia Na Rayone General Director Anton Lozin was among those detained in connection with the investigation, TASS news agency reported.

Accordingly unconfirmed reports Two employees of Gastroport, which prepared the salads, were also arrested via the Telegram channel “Baza”, which is said to have links to Russian secret services.

The Russian Investigative Committee, which investigates serious crimes, started a separate case of illegal migration after the investigation revealed that “several foreign citizens” were illegally registered at one place of residence.

Moscow Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said on Monday that thanks to timely medical intervention, there was “no danger to the lives” of those hospitalized.

AFP contributed to the reporting.

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