Government invests in potato tampering prevention

Following several cases of food tampering, federal government to invest $1.5 million on equipment

The federal government will spend $1.5 million on equipment to detect foreign objects in potatoes in P.E.I.

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, MP for the Island riding of Egmont, made the announcement today in Charlottetown.

The funding will be used to purchase and install foreign material detection equipment, while an extra $500,000 from the province will be used for on-site security assessments and training.

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.

Police are investigating cases of metal objects found in potatoes sold in grocery stores in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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