A man is now in custody after he was caught spraying a substance onto food in a produce section of a Michigan grocery store. CNN reported that 15 stores, including a Whole Foods and a Kroger in Ann Arbor, Flint, Midland, Birch Run and Saline may have been affected by a targeted attack.
The FBI stated that the suspect admitted to spraying a poisonous mixture of water, hand sanitizer and mice poison onto produce in three stores within the past two weeks. Detectives are working to determine exactly which stores have been affected.
Targeted stores immediately disposed of their produce and shut down fresh food sections. Officials told consumers to discard any food from salad or ready-to-eat areas that were purchased from affected stores between mid-March through the end of April.
The unnamed man is facing four felony counts of poisoning food.
Although illness has not been reported, Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services stated, “While the risk for adverse health effects appears to be low, more investigation is being done to determine what level of exposure may have occurred.”
A list of the possibly contaminated stores can be found here.
Please remember to wash your produce, and if you see any suspicious activity in your grocery store, report it to the police.
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