11/10/2014 03:18 EST | Updated 01/10/2015 05:59 EST

Prince Edward Island Potato Board sets reward in tampering case

The potato industry in Prince Edward Island is coming together to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for recent potato tampering incidents.

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board said in a release Monday, up to $50,000 will be available in a fund recently set up.

The tampering cases involve sewing needles in potatoes originating from Linkletter Farms.

Earlier this fall, the needles were discovered in seven potatoes sold in stores throughout Atlantic Canada, as well as in a number of potatoes processed at Cavendish Farms. Those potatoes never left the processing plant.

Greg Donald is general manager of the potato board. In the release he stated, "For the health of Linkletter Farms and the entire industry, we know we all wish to see this incident resolved as quickly as possible."

Donald said people in the industry wanted to do something to help and that he believes consumers are viewing the tampering of Linkletter Farms potatoes as an isolated incident. 

Donald said to the best of the board's knowledge, the incident hasn't had a wider impact on potato sales. He says the board has hired a consultant to see if the industry can further improve safety. 

RCMP say the investigation is still ongoing and there are no suspects

Once a conviction has been obtained, an independent panel will review eligibility for payment from the fund. Anonymous tips will not be eligible.

Tips to police can be directed to Prince Edward Island RCMP at (902) 436-9300 or to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.