People die after eating mushrooms – level 2

21-08-2023 07:00

Australian authorities are investigating why three people died after eating wild mushrooms at a family lunch.

Detectives interviewed Erin Patterson, who cooked the meal on July 29. She didn’t fall ill herself, and she is the main suspect at the moment. Her recent statement explains what happened before the poisoning. Erin herself became sick after eating the beef Wellington dish, which she later gave to the police as evidence. The mushrooms used in the dish were a mix of button mushrooms from a supermarket and dried ones from an Asian grocery store. Erin said that she was very sorry for what happened.

But police are not sure about the mushroom type. They still need to investigate what mushrooms the other people ate and how they got in the meal.

Difficult words: investigate (to find out what happened), suspect (a person who police believe did something bad), evidence (the information or things which make people believe that something is or is not true).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What evidence has been gathered so far to determine the type of mushrooms that were consumed by the individuals who suffered from poisoning?


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