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Waterloo Regional Police News Release

News Release

Police arrest and charge Kitchener male in connection with food-tampering

Waterloo Region, Ontario – Waterloo Regional Police have arrested a Kitchener man in connection with an investigation into food tampering that occurred late last year at a Maple Leaf Foods processing plant on Courtland Avenue in the city of Kitchener.

On Monday November 6th 2006, company officials contacted Waterloo Regional Police to report three product tampering incidents that occurred on October 24, November 2 and November 3, 2006.

In each case, a plastic syringe casing was found by employees alongside food products in various stages of the manufacturing process. These syringes did not have needles.

Waterloo Regional Police Division 1 Detectives and Forensics Identification Officers initiated a criminal investigation. In partnership with Maple Leaf Foods quality assurance specialists, an examination of the plant facility was conducted and proactive measures were implemented to ensure there was no risk to public safety.

Division 1 Detectives and Maple Leaf Foods officials have continued to work together diligently in an effort to identify the source of the food tampering incidents.

On January 4, 2006, a 51 year old male employed at the Maple Leaf Foods processing plant was arrested and charged in connection with these incidents.

Edgar Remmert is charged with Criminal Negligence, Common Nuisance-Endanger Life, and Mischief over $5000. The accused has been released and is scheduled for an appearance in Kitchener Provincial Court on March 9, 2007.

No further arrests are anticipated.

Media Inquiries:
Inspector Bryan Larkin,
Executive Officer
(519) 653-7700 ext. 8713

Mr. Olaf Heinzel,
Public Affairs
(519) 653-7700 ext. 8773