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State police arrest a juvenile in food tampering case in Lower Macungie Township

Pennsylvania State Police have made an arrest in a food tampering case in Lower Macungie Township in which sewing needles were found in food products at a grocery store.

In a news release dated April 25, state police announced the arrest of a juvenile in its investigation of food tampering at Giant Food Stores, 7150 Hamilton Blvd., Lower Macungie Township.

The juvenile is described by authorities as a former employee of Giant.

The juvenile is charged with three counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of criminal mischief.

The juvenile allegedly placed a total of 11 sewing needles in merchandise at the store.

No one was hurt.

Authorities were first alerted to the incident when troopers from Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville were called to the store for a report of food tampering April 19.

Investigators learned sewing needles were put into grocery items purchased and returned by customers. Items included bagged vegetables and individual Tastykake packaging, according to an early news release.

On April 21, an updated news release from authorities added King Hawaiian brand rolls and StarKist Light Tuna in pouches larger than 2.6 ounces to the list of affected items.

The items involved were likely sold between April 13 and April 19, according to investigators.