Wegmans has issued a statement explaining the steps it has taken to protect customers after news broke Tuesday about a product tampering scheme that included several eastern Cumberland County retail businesses.
Cumberland County District Attorney Skip Ebert announced Tuesday afternoon that an unnamed person may have tampered with hundreds of items before returning them. The person altered medications, health and beauty items, and other products before repackaging and returning them, Ebert said. Many of the items were restocked and resold.
Police said someone purchased hundreds of items from stores, altered the products and returned them. Products include medications and health and beauty items.
The person allegedly performed these actions at several different stores, including the Wegmans at 6416 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township.
Wegmans Senior Vice President for the Pennsylvania Division Gary Fechter released a statement late Wednesday morning saying one tube of Sensodyne Extra Whitening toothpaste was returned by the suspect to their Mechanicsburg store. Wegmans has removed all Sensodyne products from the Mechanicsburg store shelves, he said.
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"We also placed automated phone calls to customers who had purchased this product, using their Shoppers Club card, to alert them to the possibility of a foreign substance in the toothpaste," Fechter said in the statement. "We instructed customers to return the product to our store and provided a toll-free number for them to call with questions or concerns. At this time, we have not been contacted by any customer who received an automated call."
Other stores impacted included Giant Food Stores, CVS Pharmacy and Walmart locations in Silver Spring and Hampden townships, according to Ebert.
A Walmart spokesperson issued the following statement regarding the incident: “We are committed to product safety and we take product tampering seriously. We will work closely with law enforcement to assist in identifying, apprehending and prosecuting anyone who senselessly tampers with products in our stores.”
Anyone who believes they purchased an item that had been tampered with is asked to contact Detective Andrew Bassler of Silver Spring Township Police at 717-591-8240 or email@example.com.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Ebert said there were no reports of any person being sickened as a result of the incidents.