Supermarket chain says razor was detected in pizza dough product in Maine in August; blames computer glitch for reporting delay

The Hannaford supermarket chain said Wednesday that metal was detected in some of its pizza dough products as early as August, when a computer glitch prevented the company from initially responding to the issue “beyond store level.”



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Hannaford — which has store locations in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York — provided an update Wednesday in a statement, one day after New Hampshire resident Nicholas R. Mitchell, 38, made his first court appearance on charges alleging he put razor blades in Portland Pie pizza dough packages that ended up on a Hannaford shelf in Saco, Maine.

“We are working closely with investigative authorities around the incidents involving malicious tampering of Portland Pie branded items,” the statement said. “We took comprehensive action to mitigate any potential harm to the public, broadening our recall well beyond the stores in scope of the tampering. We expanded

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