Victims of a 1981 mass cooking-oil poisoning occupy Madrid museum, threaten suicide


In 1981, illicitly refined rapeseed oil meant for industrial use was fraudulently sold as olive oil. Ingestion of the oil, mostly sold around Madrid, triggered an outbreak that shortly killed about 300 people. Of the approximately 100,000 people exposed, nearly 20,000 were found to have clinical disease, and many of them developed chronic conditions, according to a World Health Organization’s study of toxic oil syndrome.



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