A New Hampshire man pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of tampering with a consumer product after he put razor blades and screws in pizza dough sold at supermarkets around Maine and New Hampshire.
Mitchell, 39, of Dover, New Hampshire, was arrested in October 2020 after razor blades were found in pizza dough sold at a Hannaford store in Saco.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mitchell walked into a supermarket in Saco, Maine, and “inserted razor blades in several of the pizza doughs and then returned the doughs to the display case.”
Three customers bought the tainted product in Saco and discovered the blades hidden in the dough, prosecutors said.
Product tampering also occurred at Hannaford stores in Sanford, Maine, and Dover, New Hampshire, prompting investigations by the police department in those communities, as well.
Mitchell was a former employee of It’ll Be Pizza. The Scarborough, Maine, company makes several brands of dough, including the Portland Pie Co. dough that was allegedly tampered with.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Mitchell could face up to 10 years in prison as well as supervised release of up to three years and a fine of $250,000. Mitchell also owes restitution to the victims.