List of stores possibly targeted by food contamination suspect released

A list of grocery stores targeted by a suspect who admitted to contaminating food has been released by investigators.

The suspect, who was arrested Tuesday, claimed he used a mixture of mouse poison, hand sanitizer and water.

In a release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the chemicals found in some formulations may also include Bromethalin, a neurotoxin. 

"Based on the available information, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services does not anticipate any serious health effects. However, if anyone experiences any symptoms such as headache, confusion, personality change, or tremors, they should contact their doctor or call the Michigan Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222."

Based on the FBI investigation there is a potential that the following stores in the Ann Arbor area may have been targeted:

Busch's 2240 S Main Street Ann Arbor, MI

Cupcake Station 116 E Liberty Ann Arbor, MI

Family Fare 2026 North Saginaw Midland, MI

Kroger 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

Target 2000 Waters Road Ann Arbor, MI

Tsai Grocery 3115 Oak Valley Drive Ann Arbor, MI

Walmart 910 Joe Mann Blvd Midland, MI

Walmart 7000 E Michigan Ave Saline, MI

Whole Foods 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy Ann Arbor, MI

Whole Foods 3135 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor, MI

The stores involved have been contacted and additional samples have been collected by law enforcement for further testing. MDARD food inspectors are in the stores this evening conducting follow-up assessments of the potentially affected stores.

“Out of an abundance of caution and to protect public health and food safety, I encourage
consumers to dispose of any foods purchased from salad bars, olive bars and ready-to-eat hot
and cold food areas from these stores between mid-March and the end of April,” said Jamie
Clover Adams, MDARD director. “Although most of these types of foods may have already been
eaten or disposed of, some may still be in refrigerators or freezers.”

According to a release, Samples have been sent for further laboratory analysis to determine concentration. The chemicals found in this mixture are a form of anti-coagulant, similar to what is found in medicines that have an anti-clotting function. Based on the known ingredients in the mixture at this time, MDHHS does not anticipate any adverse health effects on individuals who may have ingested potentially contaminated products.

“While the risk for adverse health effects appears to be low, more investigation is being done to

determine what level of exposure may have occurred,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical
executive, MDHHS. “If you have any health concerns, contact your healthcare provider or call
Michigan Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 with questions.

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