Photo from the Toronto Police Service.
In a spun-out economy like ours, the idea of black market poultry shouldn’t be that surprising. And yet, with news like the following from the Toronto Police Service, the mental image of a Trailer Park Boys-style chicken heist is enough to merit an early morning spit-take.
At some point in the last two days, crooks evidently bored with your run-of-the-mill drug trade—or savvy as hell to the needs of a market on the skids—made off with a trailer full of succulent, boneless chicken breasts, ripped open their haul like a six-year-old on Christmas morning, and launched an ambitious re-sale operation in Rexdale—and all within fourty-eight hours. So says the TPS:
On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, a tractor-trailer containing a large quantity of pre-packaged chicken was stolen in the Paris, Ontario area.
On Thursday, March 5, 2009, an investigation led to the discovery of the stolen cargo in an industrial building in the Kipling Avenue/Rexdale Boulevard area.
According to police, the building in question “was not designed or maintained for this type of business,” and “it is unknown if the chicken was properly refrigerated, stored, and packaged according to industry standards.” Worse, the tampered poultry was then re-sold to “unknown customers,” distributed under the name “Wing Zhing Trading Ltd.,” which is located in Etobicoke. Notified of the incident, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has advised caution, warning that “the chicken could be harmful if ingested.”
If you’ve bought chicken with this label between today and Wednesday, get rid of it and call the cops at 416-808-2373, drop an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or go online at http://www.222tips.com.