“I Was Poisoned”, the site that hunts filthy restaurants – Liberation


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The I Was Poisoned site offers its users the opportunity to anonymously report restaurants suspected of having caused food poisoning. Many restaurants have been reported in France.

One night of debauchery, you go to a fast food restaurant with the aim of sustenance of good fatty, salty and sweet things in less than five minutes. You come out immediately sated, happy, slightly ashamed, but that’s not a big deal: tomorrow, I promise, you’ll only eat a green salad. Except that in the night, you are punished by the god of dietetics: nothing is going well, and unknown spurts emerge from you that throw you on the floor. What to do ? Keeping this secret information to yourself, mortified in front of so many materials with questionable aesthetics? Or, on the contrary, report the restaurant on a site devoted to this public health problem, such as this anonymous testimony from a visit to Chipotle in Oxnard, California: “Every time I go to this restaurant, I go to the bathroom for hours with diarrhea so bad it could be compared to a boiling Niagara Falls coming out of me.” (One can wonder why this anonymous person specifies “every time”, but one does not judge).

Doubling the number of reports in one year

For Patrick Quade, CEO of I Was Poisoned, reporting this type of symptom is a civic gesture. Having been poisoned twice himself, this finance and data pro created I Was Poisoned in 2009 – the French version was completed in 2022. His company, which hires 12 full-time employees spread across around the world, revealed many food scandals that led to investigations or…


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