Still time to claim $100,000 for info on potato case

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A $100,000 reward offered by the P.E.I. Potato Board for information leading to the arrests of the person or persons involving the deliberate insertion of sewing needles into potatoes has been extended to April 30.

SUMMERSIDE  ‚ÄĒ A $100,000 reward offered by the P.E.I. Potato Board for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for inserting sewing needles into potatoes has been extended to April 30.

RCMP are investigating several incidents of potato tampering throughout the Atlantic provinces, most of which can be traced back to Linkletter Farms in Summerside.

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Metal sewing needles were found inserted in potatoes purchased in four communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Fredericton, N.B., and Neils Harbour, N.S.

Officials at the Cavendish Farms plant in P.E.I. also discovered sewing needles in their products while processing french fries on Oct. 2 and again in December.

There have been no arrests to date and RCMP have not indicated that they have any suspects.

The P.E.I. Potato Board said in a news release that "the local industry remains concerned about the effect cowardly acts such as this have on the confidence of consumers in the food supply."

To claim the reward, the informant must provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

Anyone who has information that would assist police in this investigation can provide it anonymously to Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), via the website at www.peicrimestoppers.com or by texting ‚ÄúTIP162‚ÄĚ plus the message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Those who don't wish to remain anonymous can contact the Prince Edward Island RCMP directly at 902-436-9300. Alternatively, an email can be sent to everett.mclachlan@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and an investigator will respond.

This reward is in effect for tips received up until April 30.

Organizations: RCMP, P.E.I. Potato Board, Crime Stoppers Cavendish Farms

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick

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