Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Potato growers offer cash to catch tamperer

Potato farmers on Prince Edward Island are offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information on how seven needles ended up in potatoes that were distributed in the Atlantic region.

The P.E.I. Potato Board says the money is being provided by various potato growers in the province, who wanted to offer assistance in solving the highly unusual case.

Linkletter Farms has recalled any potatoes that it thinks might have been tampered with. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is supervising the recall.

A needle was also found in a shipment of Linkletter’s potatoes to Cavendish Farm’s chip-making plant on the island. There has been no recall linked to that case because consumers are not at risk.

The board says the reward amount would be determined by an independent panel if the information leads to a conviction in the case.

Ryan Barrett, a spokesman for the board, says it's the first case that he's aware of involving needles in P.E.I. potatoes.

Police have looked into seven incidents of potato tampering throughout the Atlantic provinces, all of which can be traced back to Linkletter Farms in Summerside, P.E.I.

Linkletter Farms has recalled the potatoes affected by the tampering.