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Another Sewing Needle discovered in Potato

One of the earlier sewing needles discovered in a potato
October 21, 2014
Another potato has been found with a sewing needle inside, the Prince Edward Island RCMP announced yesterday. This is the seventh sewing needle discovered in a potato.

The potato originated from the same Prince Edward Island Supplier that was involved in the product withdrawal of packed potatoes of October 7, 2014, Linkletter Farms Ltd of Summerside,

French Fry manufacturer Cavendish Farms has found sewing needles in its potato supply as well.

Below is the announcement of the Prince Edward Island RCMP regarding the discovery of the latest needle.

Press release Prince Edward Island RCMP

October 20, 2014

The RCMP in Prince Edward Island has been informed that another potato with a metal sewing needle inside was discovered by a consumer in Labrador City. The table potato came from a bag that was purchased about two weeks ago from the same store and from the same lot number as the potato discovered in Labrador City on October 6, 2014. It was purchased before the recall but only discovered on October 19 by the consumer. Police can confirm that this potato originated from the same Prince Edward Island supplier, Linkletter Farms Ltd. of Summerside, P.E.I.

This is the seventh potato found to contain a needle since the investigation began on October 2. So far, no one has been injured as a result of these apparent food tampering incidents.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit, Forensic Identification Services and members of the East Prince RCMP Detachment are continuing the investigation. The seven affected potatoes are in the process of being shipped to an outside forensic laboratory for further testing.

Potatoes from Linkletter Farms Ltd. may have been sold throughout Atlantic Canada. The RCMP are still encouraging anyone who finds any foreign metal objects in a table potato to please not throw out the potato, metal object or the bag from which it was purchased. If one is found, people are asked to contact the East Prince RCMP at 902-436-9300 to ensure the RCMP can obtain it as evidence for the investigation.
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Linkletter Farms is a multi-generation family farm operation that grows approximately 1500 acres of potatoes each year on Prince Edward Island, Canada