Shop worker arrested after woman discovers razor blades stuffed into pizza dough

A man has been arrested after razor blades were found stuffed in supermarket pizza dough.

Nicholas Mitchell, 38, was detained after the blades were found in a batch of Portland Pie brand pizza dough.

Saco Hannaford Supermarket notified police after the tampered-with items were bought at the store in Maine, US.

Mitchell, who worked for the dough's manufacturer It'll Be Pizza, was arrested in New Hampshire following a police appeal.

Surveillance of CCTV in the store had shown a man believed to be Mitchell tampering with products.

Authorities called on the public Sunday to help find him after he left the store in a 2005 silver or gray Toyota Camry.

Within two hours, authorities tracked him to Dover, New Hampshire, around 50 miles away, police said.

“This evening the Dover, NH Police Department located Nicholas Mitchell and took him into custody on the outstanding warrant for his arrest in the Hannaford’s Portland Pie pizza dough razor blade case,” police said.

No charges have been announced in the case. It’s unclear what the motive was behind the alleged food tampering.

Hannaford Supermarkets has recalled Portland Pie pizza dough and cheese sold in the deli at any location between August 1 and October 11. Customers are urged to return the items for a full refund.

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The supermarket said in a statement: “After what is believed to be further malicious tampering incidents involving metal objects inserted into Portland Pie products, Hannaford has removed all Portland Pie products from all store shelves and has paused replenishment of the products indefinitely."

Customers who purchased Portland Pie pizza dough and Portland Pie cheese in any Hannaford store between 1 August and 11 October should return it to the store for a refund, it added.

A motive is yet to be established.

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