Woman Dies After Eating At Michelin-Starred Restaurant
A woman has died and 29 others have become seriously ill after eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain.
The woman, who has not been named, dined at RiFF restaurant in Valencia last Saturday evening, enjoying a meal with her husband and their 12-year-old son.
All three experiencing diarrhea and vomiting following the meal, but the woman tragically died at home the following morning.
Officials tracked down 75 people who ate at RiFF between 13-16 February and found 29 of them suffered food poisoning, including three families.
RiFF is now closed and has issued an official apology to its guests. The restaurant has one Michelin star and is famous for its "fashionable" European cuisine and Mediterranean food.
Owner and head chef Bernd Knöller said he was working closely with officials to determine the cause for the illness outbreak.
"Regardless of the reason that may have caused this situation, I want to convey my deep regret for what happened, hoping that soon all these facts can be clarified," he said in a statement.
"I have made the decision that the restaurant remains closed until the causes of what happened are established."
A spokesperson from Valencia's regional ministry of health told BBC News they have been unable to identify an exact cause for the illness outbreak.
Samples from some of the dishes consumed on the weekend in question have been sent to Spain's National Toxicology Institute for analysis.
Some local reports suggest morel mushrooms may have been the cause of illness, but that is yet to be confirmed by officials.
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