Altria trying to figure out if recalled tobacco products were tampered with

Altria trying to figure out if recalled tobacco products were tampered with

Altria Group Inc., one of the world's largest producers and marketers of tobacco, cigarettes and related products, announced on Friday that it was working with government authorities to determine if it's recently recalled smokeless tobacco products were tampered with.

Earlier this week, Altria issued a voluntary recall for some of its smokeless tobacco products after more than half a dozen consumers complained that they found sharp metal objects in some cans.

The recall of smokeless tobacco products involved certain cans made in the company's Franklin Park, Illinois, facility. The company said there might be a deliberate, malicious act by someone familiar with the quality and safety procedures at its manufacturing facility in Illinois.

Confirming the ongoing investigation, Altria said, "We believe this was a deliberate, malicious act by an individual or individuals familiar with the quality and safety procedures at its Franklin Park, IL facility."

The tobacco giant is retrieving recalled products from wholesale, retail as well as individual consumers. Smokeless tobacco products made at a separate facility aren't affected by the recall.

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