Bakery worker tosses metal nuts and bolts in granola bar mixtureBy Mason White 10:23 AM January 15, 2015
By: Chan Yuan
A man was arrested for throwing metal nuts into a mixture of granola bars at a bakery.
According to police, the bakery worker in Michigan, admitted to throwing metal nuts and bolts into a mixture of granola bars because he wanted a break from work.
22-year-old Ruben Gramajo allegedly threw the handful of metal objects into the food at the Hearthside Foods Bakery plant in Kentwood.
The quality control department immediately detected that something was wrong with the batch and removed the contaminated products.
Then they reviewed surveillance video to see who was responsible for the criminal act. They allegedly spotted Gramajo on video committing the crime.
According to the company, about 439,400 products had to be destroyed after the alleged incident.
The police were called, and the 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with a felony of placing harmful objects in food.
Gramajo was released from prison after posting bail. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and / or a fine of $10,000.
Hearthside Foods spokesperson Carl Melville assured their customers that the alleged actions of their employee never put the public at risk as their strict quality controls kept the food from reaching consumers.