Bombs in spuds empty factory
From: Reuters From correspondents in London
May 23, 2006
WORKERS at a British factory making French fries were evacuated two days running last week after bomb parts turned up in potatoes imported from France and Belgium, the site of battles in World War One and Two.
The Scarborough plant, owned by Canada's McCain Foods, the world's largest producer of frozen fries, was emptied Friday after a worker spotted a shell tip among the potatoes as they were being cleaned for slicing.
"The police were called and the bomb squad advised a 100m exclusion zone should be set up," said a McCain spokesman.
Saturday, an entire hand grenade was discovered in the potatoes and the plant in northern England was evacuated again.
"The army took the device away and blew it up in a controlled explosion in a field nearby," a spokeswoman for the North Yorkshire police said.