Halifax police investigate discovery of nail inside a potato

Halifax Regional Police are warning the public about a potential food tampering incident after a nail was found in a bag of potatoes. (Dave Squires/Global News)

HALIFAX – Halifax Police are investigating a possible case of food tampering after a nail was found in a potato sold at a grocery store.

Police said at 3 p.m. Wednesday the manager of  the Bedford Superstore called them to report a customer had discovered a nail in a potato from a five-pound bag of Farmer’s Market red potatoes.

The store manager says the bag was bought at the end of August.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

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This is the latest in a series of incidents where potatoes sold at stores around the Maritimes have been found to contain metal objects, either nails or needles.

Between May and June there have been several reports of nails found in potatoes in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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In Prince Edward Island a $500,000 reward was offered after at least 10 potatoes in bags bought at grocery stores across Atlantic Canada were found to have sewing needles inserted into them.

Police in Newfoundland were also investigating after a sewing needle was found in a bag of Farmer’s Market brand of potatoes on May 19.

Halifax Police are asking anyone who finds metal objects in a potato to contact them and refrain from throwing out the potato, metal object or the bag it was located in when purchased.

*With files from Andrew Russell

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