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Archived - Suspected Food Tampering in Potatoes Packed by Linkletter Farms Ltd., Prince Edward Island

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October 7, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising consumers of a possible food tampering situation involving potatoes harvested and packed by Linkletter Farms Ltd. of Summerside, PEI.

Linkletter Farms Ltd. is voluntarily withdrawing certain products following a consumer complaint in which a metal object appears to have been inserted into a potato.

The following products have been sold in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

Withdrawn Products
Brand Name Product Size UPC Code(s) on Product
Market Town Co-op Potatoes (Baker) 5 lb / 2.27 kg 0 62489 51153 8 261OLL, 267OLL, 272OLL
Market Town Co-op Potatoes (Russet) 10 lb / 4.53 kg 0 62489 51110 1 261OLL, 267OLL, 272OLL, 273OLL
Link Potatoes 5 lb / 2.27 kg 0 33383 45275 3
Link Potatoes 10 lb / 4.53 kg 0 33383 45277 7 261OLL
Link Potatoes 15 lb / 6.8 kg 0 33383 45279 1 272OLL
Link Potatoes 50 lb / 22.7 kg (bag) 0 33383 45152 7 SE 29 G01, SE 30 G01
Link (Chef) Potatoes 50 lb / 22.7 kg (bag) 0 33383 45490 0 SE29 G01, SE30 G01
Link Potatoes 50 lb / 22.7 kg (box)
Carr's (Blue Stripe) Potatoes 50 lb / 22.7 kg 0 33383 45305 7 SE18 G01, SE25 G01
Carr's (Brown Stripe) Paper #2 Potatoes 50 lb / 22.7 kg 033383 45305 7 SE24 G01, SE29 G01

There have been no confirmed illnesses or injuries associated with the consumption of these products. As a precaution, consumers should carefully check potatoes for foreign objects.

As tampering is a criminal offense, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is leading the investigation into this matter. The CFIA is supporting the investigation.

More information will be shared with the public as it becomes available. The CFIA will take all necessary steps to protect the safety of the Canadian food supply.

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