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Cavendish Farms Finds More Potatoes With Sewing Needles

12/29/2014 04:04 EST | Updated 02/28/2015 05:59 EST
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Cavendish Farms said Monday it has called in the RCMP in Prince Edward Island to investigate new cases of tampered potatoes.

The food company said that sewing needles were found during a production run on Dec. 27 and 28 at a french fry plant in New Annan.

Cavendish Farms said in a news release that it informed both the RCMP and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency when the discovery was made.

Metal detectors in the processing area worked according to procedure and found the needles, the company said. The contaminated product was quarantined and did not leave the plant site.

As a result, there will be no recall, the company said.

In this latest case the potatoes involved did not come from Linkletter Farms in Summerside, the source of other tampered potatoes discovered this fall.

Cavendish Farms did not say where the potatoes were from in this latest detection or how many needles were found.

The RCMP's investigation into the tampering began in early October when a tampered potato was discovered in a bag purchased in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since then, at least 10 cases have been reported.

This is not the first time Cavendish Farms has found tampered potatoes.

RCMP were first called out to the Cavendish Farms plant in New Annan on Oct. 3 when metal objects, later identified as sewing needles, were found in french fries on a production run.

There have been no arrests in any of the cases of sewing needles found in potatoes.

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has offered up to $100,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for recent potato tampering incidents.

Anyone with information can call the RCMP at 902-436-9300. If people want to remain anonymous they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or through the website www.peicrimestoppers.com.

The reward for tips is in effect until January 31, 2015.

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