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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

271 Sheremetyevo-3 Workers Hospitalized for Food Poisoning

A total of 271 foreign workers constructing the long-awaited Sheremetevo-3 airport terminal have been hospitalized with food poisoning after eating a meal of fried potatoes and ground meat, prosecutors said.

Moscow regional prosecutors said Saturday that they had opened a criminal investigation into the mass food poisoning last Tuesday.

No one had been charged with wrongdoing as of Sunday.

The sick workers are from Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and employed by Turkish construction firm Enka, Solnechnogorsk district prosecutors said in a statement.

The statement said doctors diagnosed them with salmonella poisoning, a bacteria in contaminated food that causes abdominal pains and violent diarrhea.

Work on Sheremetevo-3 began in 2001 but was stalled for several years due to an ownership dispute. It is meant to replace the Sheremetevo-2 international terminal, which was built for the 1980 Olympic Games.

Over the past few years, Sheremetyevo Airport has lost many airlines, including British Airways, to cross-town rival Domodedovo Airport, which, among other things, has a brand-new terminals.