Food tampering a ‘dispicable act’: Agriculture minister

Police in Prince Edward Island say the metal objects reportedly found in at least six potatoes across Atlantic Canada are sewing needles. Handout/RCMP

CHARLOTTETOWN – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says food and farm tampering is a despicable and deplorable act and anyone found responsible will feel the full force of the law.

Ritz made the comment today as a meeting of federal and provincial agriculture ministers wrapped up in Charlottetown.

Last month, Prince Edward Island’s potato industry increased the reward it is offering to $500,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for inserting metal objects into potatoes.

The federal government recently announced it will spend $1.5 million to buy metal detection equipment to help find foreign objects in potatoes from the province.

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P.E.I. Agriculture Minister Alan McIsaac says in some cases farms have been shut down for six weeks while they install the new equipment, drastically cutting into their bottom line.

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There have been several cases of metal objects being found in potatoes in Atlantic Canada, with most coming from a farm in P.E.I.

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