Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate

All she wanted was to serve her loved ones a tasty drink. But a grandmother from Vicenza is in a spot of bother after three children and an adult fell ill after she gave them hot chocolate that was 25 years out of date.

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate
Hot chocolate photo: Shutterstock

The sachet had been in her cupboard since the late 1980s, but the woman only decided to open it recently, to the delight of her two grandchildren, one of their friends and her son when they came to visit, Corriere del Veneto reported.

But the powdered content had expired in 1990.

A few hours later the first to be taken ill was the friend of the grandchildren, followed by the two grandchildren, all aged between eight and 12, and the woman’s son, Il Mattino reported, with the common denominator being the chocolate drink. The grandmother also fell sick, the newspaper said.

All of them ended up in the hospital emergency unit.

Although it appears to have been an accident, the woman has been charged with causing injury, Corriere del Veneto reported.

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Three dead as Italy bakes under heatwave

Three people have died in Italy's central Abruzzo region due to the ongoing heatwave.

Three dead as Italy bakes under heatwave
One of the heatwave victims died while swimming at Francavilla a Mare, Abruzzo. Photo: Giulio Gigante/Flickr

An 86-year-old died as she went into the sea for a swim in Giulianova, while a 74-year-old man died in the sea at Francavilla a Mare, officials told Ansa.

Another man, aged 64, also died while cycling with a friend in Elice, a town in the province of Pescara.

A heatwave advisory has been issued by Italy’s civil protection authority as temperatures are expected to hover around 36 degrees Celsius for the next couple of days. Children, the elderly and the chronically ill are most at risk, officials said.

Over 100 people, mostly elderly, died of heat-related illnesses during the summer of 2015 – Italy’s warmest for more than a decade.