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Man Accused of Putting Needles In Packaged Meat

Updated: Monday, August 4 2014, 03:04 PM CDT
 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are accusing an Illinois man of inserting sewing needles into packaged ground beef for more than a year at a supermarket in his hometown.
 
Sixty-eight-year-old Ronald Avers of Belleville was charged Wednesday with seven felony counts of tampering with consumer products.
 
The FBI alleges in court filings that a Shop `n Save grocery store reported on July 9 at least seven cases since May of last year in which sewing needles were found in packaged meat products.
 
The criminal complaint alleges one customer found a needle in her mouth while eating and another reported being stuck in the hand. Other customers said they found needles in the meat they bought but were not injured.
 
A message left with Avers' federal public defender wasn't returned.
 
Avers remained jailed Thursday.

Man Accused of Putting Needles In Packaged Meat


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