Consumers, Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

Canada: Latest potato tampering incident different, says marketing board

The latest incident of a metal object found in a potato reportedly involved russet potatoes purchased at a Co-op store.The most recent report of a metal object found in a bag of Prince Edward Island potatoes appears to be of a different nature than previous reports, says the P.E.I. Potato Board. There are reports a woman from Clarenville, Newfoundland found something in a potato she was eating. “This particular report is for what appears to be a pin from a watch strap, which is quite different from the nails and needles that the RCMP have been investigating since the fall,” board assistant general manager Brenda Simmons wrote to CBC News in an email. The CFIA and the P.E.I. RCMP, who have been investigating incidences of tampering, are aware of this latest report. The P.E.I. potato industry is in the midst of installing millions of dollars worth of metal detection equipment at farms and potato processors. (Source: CBC News)

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