A 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat “just for the hell of it” at a grocery store in his hometown for MORE THAN A YEAR!
The criminal complaint filed last week against Ronald Avers said one buyer of boneless chuck roast at the Shop `n Save store in Belleville just east of St. Louis later bit into one of the needles, and a needle slipped into a steak stuck another customer.
SuperValu Inc., the Minnesota-based corporate parent of the Shop `n Save chain, stressed that none of the cases resulted in serious injury, and that the alleged tampering was isolated to only the meat section of one store.
"With every customer that brought it to our attention, none reported needing medical attention as a result of the tampering,” said Jeff Swanson, a SuperValu spokesman.
“We have no reason to believe any tampering occurred outside of that one store.”
Avery, who made a brief court appearance on the tampering counts each punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, was ordered jailed pending a scheduled detention hearing today.