Linkletter Farms Ltd. voluntarily recalled potatoes shipped to Eastern Canada as federal authorities there launched a criminal investigation into possible food tampering after consumers reported finding metal objects in whole, fresh potatoes.
No injuries or illnesses have been reported in connection with the Linkletter potatoes, according to the withdrawal notice on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website.
Gary Linkletter, general manager, told The Guardian newspaper the company is cooperating with the police. He said the company is limiting its comments so as to not hamper the investigation.
“We are concerned for our customers. We are not shipping any product and we’re waiting on the RCMP investigation,’’ Linkletter told the newspaper Oct. 14.
Linkletter Farms, Summerside, Prince Edward Isle, shipped the potatoes to customers on the island as well as in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the withdrawal notice. Linkletter Farms brands of Market Town Co-op, Link and Carr’s are included. Both the blue stripe and brown stripe Carr’s packs are included. Pack sizes include 5-, 10-, 15- and 50-pound bags and boxes.
One consumer reportedly found a two-inch needle in a potato and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have reports of four other instances of consumers finding pieces of metal in the implicated potatoes since Oct. 6.
The police have requested that anyone who finds any metal objects in potatoes turn in the original packaging, potatoes and metal objects. The East Prince PEI office of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is overseeing the investigation.