GUELPH —Police have arrested a woman in a criminal investigation into sewing
needles discovered last week in Schneiders luncheon meats and wieners
at a supermarket on the city's west side.

 

A Guelph woman in her 40s was arrested Thursday, city police reported.

 

Held in custody, she is scheduled to appear in bail court in Guelph Friday.

 

Early
last week, a customer of the No Frills grocery store on Silvercreek
Parkway discovered a needle in a package of Schneiders turkey luncheon
meat and returned the package to the store.

 

Store managers,
police and food safety inspectors subsequently checked almost 340
luncheon meat packages and related products in the refrigerator unit
where the original tampered product was found.

 

In all, they
discovered 13 sewing needles of various sizes in 12 packages of 11
kinds of luncheon meats and wieners over the next couple of days.

Police noted nobody was injured as a result of the tampering.

Parent
firm Loblaw Companies Limited checked such products in its stores in
its various supermarket chains, including Zehrs, within a 25-kilometre
radius of the Guelph store, but found no further tampering.

The
food agency was called in to determine if other stores had tampered
meat products, finding none in the days after the incident.

Loblaw management, CFIA officials and police could not be reached for comment.

Mastoora Qezil, 41, is charged with one count of common nuisance.