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Calgary store hit by food tampering

Packaged cheeses, bulk bakery items and other food items are being recalled by a southwest Calgary grocery store over concerns that they may contain "small metal objects."

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday night broadcast a recall on behalf of Calgary Co-op Oakridge Centre on Southland Drive at 24th Street SW, which said Monday that to the "best of (its) knowledge," bulk bakery products, other bulk food items and packaged cheeses at the store were the only products tampered with.

Customers who may have bought any such items at that specific store since Friday were asked Monday to return them to the store for a full refund.

Calgary Co-op said Monday it had contacted the police, launched a criminal investigation, notified health authorities and temporarily closed the Oakridge Centre store to conduct a "complete inspection of its premises."

Calgary Co-op didn’t say Monday what the "small metal objects" were, but a report Tuesday by CBC in Calgary quoted a co-op spokesperson as saying the items were pins, as used in sewing.

The co-op issued a second release Monday night to say it had completed its inspection, removed all bulk items, issued its voluntary recall on affected products and reopened the store.

But CBC also reported Tuesday that after a second sweep of the store before opening Tuesday morning, more pins were found in products including fresh juices from the store’s produce department.

The broadcaster quoted spokesperson Sarah Boutron as saying the store hadn’t received any threats and didn’t know why anyone would tamper with products at that store.

The co-op’s recall still applies only to products purchased at the Oakridge Centre store.

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