The deadline is this Saturday for tips leading to an increased reward in the potato tampering case.

The PEI Potato Board increased the reward offered through Crime Stoppers from $100,000 to $500,000 for a limited period in the hope it would lead to information that could solve incidents of needles and nails inserted into potatoes that occurred last fall and again this spring.

Tips received from August 16th until October 31st, 2015 will continue to be eligible for the previously announced amount of up to $100,000. Anonymous tips are eligible for the reward.

There have been no arrests to-date in the case of food tampering involving the deliberate insertion of metal objects into potatoes. The potatoes were destined for human consumption and the local industry remains concerned about the effect cowardly acts such as this have on the confidence of consumers in the food supply.

Greg Donald, General Manager of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, notes that “we encourage anyone who has any information about the insertion of metal objects into potatoes to come forward to the RCMP or Crimestoppers. Potato farmers are preparing for another harvest season and sincerely hope that tips are received that lead to the arrest of those responsible for this serious crime before PEI Potatoes start coming out of the ground again this year.”

Several potato farms have been attacked to date, and Island farms have had to order millions of dollars in foreign material detection equipment in order to protect consumers going forward.

Anyone knowing the individual or individuals involved, or who has information that would assist police in this investigation, can provide information anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Information may be provided to Crime Stoppers by phone 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), via the web at www.peicrimestoppers.com, or by text Text “TIP162” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

If they do not wish to remain anonymous, persons may contact the Prince Edward Island RCMP toll-free at 1-844-592-2774. Alternatively, an email can be sent to graeme.shaw@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and an investigator will respond.

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