No news in potato tampering case

Eric McCarthy
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P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald

P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald says it’s frustrating that the offer of a $100,000 reward in the case involving needles found in P.E.I. spuds last fall has resulted in no leads.

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The discovery of sewing needles, both in potatoes shipped out of province and in french fries at a potato processing plant has resulted in the voluntary disposal of more than 100,000 pounds of processed and raw product and raised concerns about food safety.

But Donald said the food tampering has not harmed the P.E.I. crop's reputation.

"Fortunately, it has been business as usual," he said.

All tips are being handled by the RCMP, but Donald is not aware of any substantial leads.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Kevin Baillie said the investigation is being headed up by their major crime unit.

"It's still very much an active investigation (but) no leads of any note right now," he said.

Because of an over-supply in Europe last year, Donald said P.E.I. is missing out on some European markets this year.

Because of that, he expects P.E.I. will have spuds available to supply the fresh market until the 2015 crop arrives. 

Organizations: P.E.I. Potato Board, RCMP

Geographic location: P.E.I., Europe

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