Potatoes in Canada

Features Business & Policy Consumer Issues
Seventh potato found with metal object inside it

Oct. 20, 2014, Summerside, PEI – The RCMP in Prince Edward Island is investigating after another potato with a metal sewing needle inside was discovered by a consumer in Labrador City.

October 24, 2014  By  Brandi Cowen

The table potato came from a bag that was purchased about two weeks ago from the same store and from the same lot number as the potato discovered in Labrador City on Oct. 6. It was purchased before the recall but only discovered by the consumer on Oct. 19.

Police can confirm that this potato originated from the same Prince Edward Island supplier, Linkletter Farms Ltd. of Summerside, P.E.I.

This is the seventh potato found to contain a needle since the investigation began on Oct. 2. So far, no one has been injured as a result of these apparent food tampering incidents.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit, Forensic Identification Services and members of the East Prince RCMP Detachment are continuing the investigation. The seven affected potatoes are in the process of being shipped to an outside forensic laboratory for further testing.

Potatoes from Linkletter Farms Ltd. may have been sold throughout Atlantic Canada. The RCMP are still encouraging anyone who finds any foreign metal objects in a table potato to please not throw out the potato, metal object or the bag from which it was purchased. If one is found, people are asked to contact the East Prince RCMP at 902-436-9300 to ensure the RCMP can obtain it as evidence for the investigation.

Print this page


Stories continue below