Who would think to double-check the drinks you get from a convenience store? Police are investigating a supposed Toronto food tampering case in which a man allegedly added substances to food and drinks at a convenience store in the west end on January 26. The man apparently walked in, committed the disturbing act, and left without a trace.

According to the police report, the incident occurred at around 1:55 p.m. on Sunday at The Little Bee convenience store on Runnymede Road and Annette Street

The man allegedly entered the shop and slipped an unknown substance inside a ketchup bottle and numerous bottles of Coca Cola.

He then put those altered items back on the shelf for sale. The substance he added is currently unknown and the items were seized by police for further investigation.

TPS has clarified that in this case, the products in question were recovered before they could go on sale and were sent for testing.

However, they are urging Toronto residents to beware if they come across any products with a broken seal.

This is not the first time that Canada has had to deal with the dangerous issue of food being tampered with, which can be serious if undetected.

For example, during the Halloween season in 2019, a large sewing needle was found inside a bar of chocolate that was handed out to a young child in Barrie.

Meanwhile, back in 2018, people in British Columbia also started finding sharp pins in certain meat products they purchased.

And, last year out west, BC dog owners were made to panic after meat found on walking trails was found to have been similarly spiked.

Regarding this recent incident in Toronto, police describe the man as of a medium build, wearing faded blue jeans, a blue vest with a hood, a green shirt, a blue baseball hat, and blue shoes.

Police ask anyone who might have information to come forward at 416-808-1100, contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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