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FBI Nails Suspect Who Admitted To Poisoning Produce At Ann Arbor Area Stores

Thanks to citizen tips following the publishing of his photo earlier this week, the FBI has a suspect in custody who has admitted to spraying poison on produce in at least three Michigan grocery stores, but that list may be longer.

The suspect, who remains unidentified, has admitted to spraying a mixture of hand sanitizer, water and Tomcat brand mouse poison on the produce at the three stores, all in the Ann Arbor area. They are Plum’s, a Meijer store and Whole Foods. His motive, if he’s indicated one, has not been revealed.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture, however, has issued a press release warning consumers of produce from 15 Michigan stores, all on the lower east side of the state to thorw away potentially contaminated produce. Those stores include:

2240 S Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Cupcake Station
116 E Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI

Family Fare
2026 North Saginaw
Midland, MI

3838 Richfield Road
Flint, MI

Meijer, #108
7300 Eastman Ave
Midland, MI

Meijer, #64
3145 Ann Arbor-Saline
Ann Arbor, MI

Meijer, #213
9515 Birch Run Rd
Birch Run, MI

Millers Mini Mart
3001 Bay City Rd
Midland, MI

Plum Market
375 North Maple
Ann Arbor, MI

2000 Waters Road
Ann Arbor, MI

Tsai Grocery
3115 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI

910 Joe Mann Blvd
Midland, MI

7000 E Michigan Ave
Saline, MI

Whole Foods
990 W Eisenhower Pkwy
Ann Arbor, MI

Whole Foods
3135 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI

State officials say they don’t anticipate adverse health effects for those who may have eaten potentially contaminated food. But customers were encouraged to throw away food from salad bars, olive bars and ready-to-eat hot and cold food areas at the affected stores.

If you have any health concerns, contact your healthcare provider or call Michigan Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 with questions.

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

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