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Canada: Potato tampering is “food terrorism” – chairperson of Potato Board

The potato industry in the eastern province of Canada, Prince Edward Island, has been dealing with a number of cases of metal objects being inserted into fresh market potatoes. There have been metal objects found in potatoes in all four Atlantic provinces. Alex Docherty, farmer and chairperson of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, said the metal objects found in some potatoes will cost the affected farms about $1 million in lost sales and will cost in the area of $5 million to equip farmers with the proper equipment to detect foreign objects. “This is terrorism; food terrorism. We’re dealing with pretty radical people,” Docherty said. More

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