AUSTIN, Minn. — State officials said Sunday that they are investigating "fairly widespread" tampering of Hormel meat products, while the governor ordered reinforcements for National Guard troops sent to guard the company's strikebound plant.
Agriculture Commissioner Jim Nichols said in an interview from St. Paul that pieces of single-edged razor blades were found in two packages of Hormel Frank-N-Stuff chili-filled hot dogs Thursday.
In addition, inspectors found "fairly widespread" instances of punctured cans of Hormel Spam or chili and ripped packages of Hormel bacon and other meat products, Nichols said.
All the tampering appeared to have been done inside the suburban Twin Cities supermarkets where it was discovered, Nichols said.
WUSA-TV of Minneapolis reported Sunday that "unfair labor" stickers had been placed near Hormel products at West St. Paul supermarkets, and that opener keys had been ripped off some cans of meat.