Last February, the case made the headlines: during a meal washed down with champagne in a restaurant in Bavaria, several people had gone into violent spasms, and had started to vomit. A 52-year-old man died in hospital a few hours later.

At the time, the toxicological analyzes ordered by the investigation are formal: the champagne tasted by the guests contained ecstasy.

In the days following the tragedy, new poisonings were reported in the country, but also in the Netherlands. All seem to follow the consumption of a magnum of Moët champagne

The Belgian authorities have just confirmed the suspicions, and incriminate two batches of the cuvée, concerning the 3-liter bottles LAJ7QAB6780004 and LAK5SAA6490005.

They are said to have been marketed online and in several outlets across Europe and are likely to contain MDMA, in other words, ecstasy.

“In the current state of the investigation, it is not excluded that other bottles of the same brand also contain MDMA.” informs the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Belgian Food Chain (AFSCA) on its website.

The FASFC also assures that, for the time being, “the origin of the contamination is not known”. She calls on all consumers with one of the lots not to consume them, and to contact their agency.

But how could hard drugs end up in a bottle of the Champagne beverage, made for decades at the Château de Saran, in the Marne?

A few months ago, the LVMH group, which owns Moët