Spiked Potatoes

It seems that someone here on PEI is spiking potatoes with spikes—or some other metal object. The police are playing coy about the actual metal objects that have been showing up lately in spuds from a local farm.

RCMP Sgt. Paul Gagne, criminal operations analyst for the RCMP, said Tuesday they received a report on Oct. 11 in Neil’s Harbour, N.S., of a potato that had been tampered with and on Oct. 13 there was a report from Musgrave Harbour, N.L.

Another tampered potato was found in Chance Cove, N.L., on Tuesday.

Gagne said foreign metal objects were found before anyone consumed the potatoes and police believe the potatoes came from Linkletter Farms in Summerside.

The farm has been very aware of the potential damage to both the Island industry and their own reputation. When the first incident surfaced, the owner contacted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and asked for them to issue a voluntary recall for their products (although a search of the CFIA website did not return any results).

As I write this, there has been no progress on finding the culprit, and the RCMP are asking anyone who finds a sabotaged potato to retain the vegetable and the bag and call the local East Prince detachment at 902-436-9300.

PEI is not free from crime, but sometimes, our crime it just different.

Tampering with our food supply is not a trivial matter, but when I first heard of this, I remembered a skit from an old episode of SCTV.

For those who are too young, or just missed it, SCTV (1976-1981) was the first exposure for many great comics including John Candy, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, and Dave Thomas.

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