Metal object found in potato sold at Superstore in Montague

Steve Sharratt
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MONTAGUE – Potatoes containing metal objects have once again been found with tainted potatoes turning up over the long weekend in Montague and in Antigonish and Barrington, Nova Scotia.

One customer made the discovery after purchasing a bag of spuds over the holiday weekend in the Montague Superstore.

RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler would not release the name of the packer, but said the metal object was found by a customer who purchased the bag Victoria Day Monday at the Superstore and contacted police upon discovery.

“The object seems consistent with a needle or a pin, but a part is broken off,” she said. “We believe the potatoes are from the 2014 growing season that were still in warehouses and are not new potatoes of any kind.”

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating two incidents of potential food tampering after similar discoveries in Shelburne County and in Antigonish County. In those cases, the consumers found nails inserted in the potatoes.

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Police say the first incident was reported on May 20 from a customer who had purchased a bag of Farmer’s Market potatoes from the Atlantic Superstore in Antigonish in late April or early May. The man turned over the potato and nail to the RCMP. On May 20, Barrington RCMP became aware of a similar incident at the No Frills grocery store in Barrington Passage, N.S. RCMP approached the store manager who confirmed that a nail had been found in a Farmer's Market potato last week.  The store manager turned over the potato and nail to the RCMP. 

No injuries were reported as a result of these incidents.

Although the bags were labelled as being New Brunswick potatoes, RCMP said they were attempting to determine if the origin of the tainted spuds may have been Prince Edward Island.

Despite a $100,000 reward, police still have no tips regarding the tampering issue that surfaced last year after Linkletter Farms in Summerside seemed targeted and someone inserted metal objects into their spuds.

No injuries were reported as a result of any of the incidents.

RCMP ask that anyone who finds any foreign metal objects in a potato to refrain from throwing out the potato, metal object or the bag and any tags related to the product. Please contact your local police so the potatoes and related items can be passed along to the investigators.

The Prince Edward Island RCMP Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation in P.E.I., while the Nova Scotia RCMP Major Crimes Unit is looking into the case in that province.

(With files from the Shelburne County Coast Guard)

Organizations: RCMP, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Montague

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  • PEI
    May 21, 2015 - 23:59

    Is it possible that maybe those needles may have been in the ground and as the potato grew the needles may get in them maybe the field could have been an old dumpsite at one time just saying!!

  • BOB
    May 21, 2015 - 19:18

    THIS IS A COVERUP. This is not sabotage, This is simply bad practices by LinkLetter farms and their historical growers. Foreign objects in potatoes is a huge problem. Things like Golf Balls, shotgun pellets and wire end up inside potatoes all the time. Did it occur that the needles could be very old as Linkletter used to use sacks to transport potatoes. How does one sew up a sack?? With a needle of course. If they were following proper food safery practices as outlined here this would never have happened. http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/potatoes/Research&Extension/Topic/FS-Quality&Safety/Food&FarmSafety-03.pdf

  • Jimmy Buffet
    May 21, 2015 - 18:50

    For me this hits close to home and many may find this upsetting . Just remember , this is not an apple , you are not going to bite into it raw , when the potato is prepared for cooking discoloration of the flesh is always tossed out anyways . Don't let these fools ruin our local economy .