A man who casually walked into a Whole Foods store and sprayed mouse poison onto the self-serve food bars has been arrested by the FBI.
An employee at a Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was alarmed after witnessing the man, now in custody, pouring a liquid onto the prepared foods at the buffet-style section of the grocery store.
Whole Foods closed down its food bars afterwards and the FBI was informed of the suspicious activity. The grocery chain said in a statement:
“Out of an abundance of caution, all salad and hot food bars were immediately closed down at the store, all food was thrown out and the store team thoroughly cleaned and sanitized all food stations, equipment and serving utensils before restocking with fresh items. All surrounding Michigan store locations have been notified of the incident.”
The man in question was arrested after authorities tracked him down thanks to tips and leads from the public. It was discovered that the liquid was a mixture of hand cleaner, water and mouse poison.
According to the FBI, the man, whose name has not been released, also visited two other grocery stores in the area, Meijer and Plum Market. The FBI said in a statement:
“The suspect stated that he sprayed produce in these stores within the last two weeks. Investigators are currently coordinating with state of Michigan and Washtenaw County Health Officials to determine the extent of any contamination and the threat to the public.”
Authorities are still determining whether he visited other grocery stores recently.