Discovery of tampered produce prompts Co-op closure

For a third time in less than a month, police are investigating additional evidence of food tampering at Calgary Co-op’s Oakridge Centre on Southland Dr. and 24 St. S.W., in this case in the produce section. This latest incident comes three days after a customer found a tub of margarine with a pin-sized hole pierced straight through the lid, plastic safety film, and deep into the food inside Sunday night.

Calgary Sun
February 18, 2010

Discovery of tampered produce prompts Co-op closure
Katie Schneider

Three days after a tub of margarine was found with a pin-sized hole through its lid, the Oakridge Co-op shut down Wednedsay night when produce items were discovered tampered.

For a third time in less than a month, police are investigating additional evidence of food tampering at Calgary Co-op’s Oakridge Centre on Southland Dr. and 24 St. S.W., in this case in the produce section.

This latest incident comes three days after a customer found a tub of margarine with a pin-sized hole pierced straight through the lid, plastic safety film, and deep into the food inside Sunday night.

Though Co-op was hesitant to call the margarine incident tampering, it conducted a thorough search of the store, examined the product and notified police.

And last month, sewing needles, pins and buttons were found in juice bottles, cheese and bread, leading to an extensive inspection and voluntary closure of the store.

A Co-op spokeswoman had said the lack of a needle in the margarine had officials with the grocery chain hoping there was no connection with the spate of January food tamperings.

The store voluntarily closed again Wednesday night and was scheduled to reopen Thursday morning after conducting another thorough search.

Calgary Co-op is asking customers who have recently purchased items from the Oakridge Centre to be diligent in checking their items for any tampering. And customers who are unsure of a product they purchased may return it to the centre for a full refund.

A Co-op spokeswoman did not return calls Wednesday night.

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