Mr. Smoothie worker at Destiny USA accused of tampering with food

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Mr. Smoothie worker at Destiny USA is accused of tampering with food.

Syracuse Police say on Tuesday, November 5th around 11:00 a.m., an employee discovered that their blueberry smoothie mixture had been contaminated. Employees found screws, plastic, glass and other debris in the blueberry mixture. Employees investigated further and learned the blueberry mixture was believed to have become contaminated on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at approximately 8:00 P.M.

Investigators say an employee, Nadine Reeves, 20, of Syracuse, spilled a container of blueberries in a back storage area onto the floor. Reeves then swept up the blueberries along with other debris on the floor and dumped the mixture back into the container. The contaminated blueberry container was then brought to the sales floor for use. At some point between Sunday morning to the time of the discovery, the contaminated blueberry product was possibly served to at least two customers, one of which was an approximately 5-year-old child. These customers have yet to be identified.

Reeves was subsequently arrested and charged with Criminal Tampering in the Third Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree. Reeves was released on an appearance ticket.

Statement from Pyramid Management Group:

“We take this incident very seriously because the safety of the food served in our centers and well-being of our guests is always our highest priority. The allegations made are deeply troubling and are swiftly being investigated. We are working diligently in collaboration with the Syracuse Police Department and the independently-owned Mr. Smoothie franchisee to take any and all necessary actions to fully investigate this matter and hold those accountable to the fullest extent of the law for this unacceptable behavior.”

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