For Immediate Release; May 3, 2016
Ann Arbor Michigan–Advisory: Consumers urged to throw away potentially contaminated food.
The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and Health and Human Services are cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement in Ann Arbor on an investigation involving intentional food contamination at retail grocery stores in Ann Arbor.
Thanks to citizen tips, the suspect was apprehended by the Ann Arbor Police Department. During interrogation, the suspect admitted to intentionally contaminating salad bars and/or produce sections of at least three grocery stores in the greater Ann Arbor area – Whole Foods, Meijer, Inc. and Plum Market – at least twice in the last month. The suspect claims to have sprayed the food with a mixture of a commercial mouse poison, alcohol-based hand-sanitizer and water. Samples have been sent for further laboratory analysis to determine concentration.
The chemicals found in this mixture are a form of anti-coagulant, similar to what is found in medicines that have an anti-clotting function. Based on the known ingredients in the mixture at this time, MDHHS (Michigan Department of Human Health Services) does not anticipate any adverse health effects on individuals who may have ingested potentially contaminated products.
The stores involved have been contacted and additional samples have been collected by law enforcement for further testing. MDARD (Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) food inspectors are in the stores this evening conducting follow-up assessments of the potentially affected stores.
“Out of an abundance of caution and to protect public health and food safety, I encourage consumers to dispose of any foods purchased from salad bars, olive bars and ready-to-eat hot and cold food areas from these stores between mid-March and the end of April,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD director. “Although most of these types of foods may have already been eaten or disposed of, some may still be in refrigerators or freezers.”. . .
. . .Food industry employees and consumers are reminded to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities. Remember, “If you see something, say something.” Any suspicious activities should be immediately reported to local law enforcement.
Examples of things to watch for include employees or strangers who:
- spray unknown substances in your store
- enter or exit your operation through the wrong doors
- hang around display cases, exposed food displays (e.g., produce or salad bars) or cold/hot food displays
- loiter in aisles
- leave suspicious materials in your store
MDARD and MDHHS will continue to coordinate with all agencies involved, along with Washtenaw County Health Department and Michigan’s retail grocery industry. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available. ***
The above came to my inbox this morning via a subscription to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development online. It was something I came across one day while web surfing, thought what the heck and clicked on the subscribe button. That simple decision has paid off. As our world becomes more and more unrecognizable, I would highly recommend every prepper find your local agricultural agency website and subscribe to all the information they are willing to share.
If one nut job can do this in a city the size of Ann Arbor, just think what a dozen nut jobs could do. When I go to the grocery store, the last thing I think about is someone poisoning the produce. That is all about to change! We live no where close to Ann Arbor, Michigan but even yet, our self-reliance just became a new game.
This just in; Shortly after publishing this article this showed up, put out by the FDA—-
CRF Frozen Foods Expands Voluntary Recall to Include All Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Products Due To Possible Health Risk