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Italian wife killed by pizza: Diner, 46, started spasming after eating restaurant dish with ‘tainted chilli sauce’ that also left her husband seriously ill


  • Gerardina Corsano and her husband were dining in the city of Ariano Irpino
  • An investigation into the woman’s death and an autopsy will be carried out in the next few days, according to a report

An Italian woman has died after she started spasming from eating a pizza in a restaurant that allegedly contained tainted chilli sauce, according to reports.

The couple were dining in the city of Ariano Irpino in southern Italy on Saturday evening and returned home without any issues. 

But the following morning, they became ill and they continued to feel unwell until yesterday, when they were admitted to hospital due to suffering from spasms.

Gerardina Corsano, 46, died due to possible food poisoning from botulinum  – a bacterium that produces dangerous toxins, which may have been found in the chilli condiment used on her pizza at the restaurant, Corriere della Sera reports. 

Her husband, 52-year-old agricultural entrepreneur Angelo Meninno, was hospitalised and is in a serious condition, after the same sauce was also used on his pizza, according to the Italian daily newspaper. Doctors say he could survive. 

Pizza (Stock Image). On Sunday Gerardina Corsano and her husband became ill and they continued to feel unwell until yesterday, when they were admitted to hospital due to suffering from spasms, according to a report

Pizza (Stock Image). On Sunday Gerardina Corsano and her husband became ill and they continued to feel unwell until yesterday, when they were admitted to hospital due to suffering from spasms, according to a report

The Benevento Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into the woman’s death and an autopsy will be carried out in the next few days.

Police who are carrying out the investigations have also recovered the chilli pepper condiment, which will be subjected to analysis, and some witnesses will also be interviewed. 

The restaurant in Ariano Irpino, where the couple had dined, was reported to have been seized at the request of Marilia Capitanio of the Benevento Prosecutor’s Office.

The products subject to checks by the judicial police were used by several other customers and also by the owner’s family without causing any issues, said Guerino Gazzella, lawyer for the owner of the pizzeria, according to the publication.

The lawyer also noted that his client ‘made herself immediately available to collaborate’ with the investigators.



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