Finding of syringes leads to meat recalls
Three syringes have been found in a Maple Leaf Foods
further processing plant in Kitchener, Ontario, in the past two weeks, leading
to recalls of cooked hams and sliced ham packages.
Products retrieved from stores by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency so
far have tested negative for contamination - and no illnesses have been
The first two syringes were discovered in the vicinity of meat supplies and
did not have needles attached. The third however was stuck in a ham. The company
speculated that the first two syringes were veterinary products that had arrived
with raw meat shipments, but the third was suspicious.
As a result, the company recalled packages of various ham products.
Police are unsure if the syringe was put there deliberately or accidentally
and said that a full investigation is being conducted.
Research revealed that the syringes contained saline solution, which is a
mixture of salt and water.
The company reported receiving more than 900 calls from consumers regarding
As a result of the incidents, company officials have supplemented security
measures at the plant, which includes increased supervision, visual inspections,
metal detection, use of security cameras and offering employees a confidential
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