Tampering With Needles Puts PEI Potato Growers On Edge

No one has come forward so far to claim the $100,000 reward for solving the mystery of who is sticking sewing needles into Prince Edward Island’s potatoes – a situation that has seen the destruction of hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce and has put members of the province’s $1-billion potato industry on edge.

Potato farmers have never seen this before. “It’s unheard of,” said one farmer, who asked that his name not be used, adding there is “some kind of evil behind it.”

Last weekend, sewing needles were found stuck in potatoes processed at the Irving-owned Cavendish Farms, a plant in New Annan, near Summerside. As a result, 100,000 pounds of processed French fries and raw potatoes were destroyed. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency was notified and officials came to the plant. No recall was required.

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