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Food Safety Warning - Suspected Food Tampering in Potatoes

Advisory date:
May 21, 2015
Reason for advisory:
Tampering
Hazard classification:
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Company / Firm:
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Distribution:
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 21, 2015 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising consumers of a possible food tampering situation involving potatoes following consumer complaints where nails and needles appear to have been inserted into potatoes.

To date complaints have been received from Atlantic Canada.

As tampering is a criminal offense, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are leading the investigation into this matter. The CFIA is supporting the investigation.

There have been no confirmed illnesses or injuries associated with the consumption of these products. As a precaution, consumers should carefully check potatoes for foreign objects.

Anyone who finds any foreign metal objects in a potato is asked to refrain from throwing out the potato, metal object or the bag and any tags related to the product. Please contact your local police so the potatoes and related items can be passed along to the investigators.

More information will be shared with the public as it becomes available. The CFIA will take all necessary steps to protect the safety of the Canadian food supply.

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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