State and federal officials have joined the investigation into a Mechanicsburg-area product tampering case that they said includes food products.
"The Wolf administration, as well as local and federal agencies, are investigating multiple instances of product tampering involving health and beauty products, over-the-counter medication and food products such as mustard, ketchup and chocolate syrup, centered in Cumberland County," according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
There have been no reported illnesses or injuries tied to the investigation.
Law enforcement officials have said there have been no reports of members of the public being sickened by the tampered products.
“If you believe a product was tampered with, do not use or consume it,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in the release. “We are working with our local, state and federal partners in this investigation and will continue to keep the public informed. We strongly urge that anyone with a suspected tampered or altered product contact the Silver Spring Township Police Department immediately.”
Officials also told consumers to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they suspect tampering for any reason. Signs of tampering could include outer packaging that is opened, damaged, or bulging; product seals that are broken; or the color, odor, or texture of the product is inconsistent from what is expected.
Consumers should not use such products and should not discard them unless told to by law enforcement, according to the release.
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Giant discovered there were 24 dates where items were returned from Jan. 22 to July 28.
Anyone living in Cumberland County or the surrounding areas who purchased a product within the last three years that they believe was tampered with, or who is in possession of a product they believe was tampered with, should contact email@example.com as part of this investigation. Anyone who believes they may have become ill from a tampered product should contact the Department of Health at 1-877-724-3258.
The Silver Spring Township Police Department reported that products that were tampered with were returned to multiple retailers, primarily in the eastern portion of Cumberland County, including Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill and Enola. Not all of the tampered products would have been returned to shelves, and the stores have been working to remove any remaining products.
Retailers who have received a return that they believe may have been tampered with should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cumberland County District Attorney Skip Ebert, whose office is also investigating the case, said he was not aware of food products being involved but there are separate investigations at the state and federal levels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also looking into the situation, he said.
Robert Keith Burns, 58, was charged with recklessly endangering another person, theft by deception and criminal mischief-tampering with property.