Authorities say that soy sausage has killed five recovering drug addicts and made dozens more ill at a rehab center in Mexico, according to the Associated Press.
Cops in Guadalajara don’t know whether the sick-making sausage was just poorly preserved, and a breeding ground for the germs that cause food poisoning, or whether competing drug cartels — which often force recovering addicts to work as hit men and smugglers — intentionally dosed the dish with cyanide.
Most of the food served at this and other rehab centers in Mexico comes from donations. This particular soy sausage was served at the clinic for Christmas dinner. Almost immediately after the meal, many reported nausea and dizziness.
Police have decided to investigate the incident, and figure out whether a freak occurrence — or foul play — took place.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 27, 2011