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RAZOR BLADE FOUND IN CANNED PICKLE ALLEGANY BOY, 6, ESCAPES INJURY; STOCK TAKEN OFF SHELVES

A 6-year-old Allegany boy bit into a dill pickle and found a razor blade, and Olean police Saturday were awaiting the arrival of a federal investigator to determine how the blade got in the pickle, which was in a jar purchased from a local supermarket.

John Gross said his son, Christopher, discovered the half-inch-wide blade when he bit into the pickle, but was not injured because his teeth came in contact with the flat side of the metal strip instead of the sharp edge.

Gross filed the complaint with Olean Police Friday night.

The pickle was in a 24-ounce jar bought by the family last Sunday at the Tops Supermarket on West State Street.

The label on the jar identified the product as Bell View Kosher Dill Spears, packed by a company in the Johnstown, Pa., area.

When notified of the incident, the store management ordered all the packer's products removed from its shelves, the management told Olean police.

A Tops manager in Buffalo Saturday said there had been no companywide recall of the pickles, and an Olean police spokesman said he was unaware of any recall by the pickle-processor.

When the jar was opened, there was no visible evidence of tampering, Gross told officers.

He brought the "evidence" to Police Headquarters where it remains secured.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official said a field inspector would be sent here to look into the complaint.

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