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Police: Baker spiked granola with metal nuts and bolts

Ruben Giovanni Gramajo allegedly told police he put the items in the granola mix so he could "get a break from work."

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Ben Hooper
A granola bar containing the edible type of nuts. Photo by Pinkcandy/Shutterstock
A granola bar containing the edible type of nuts. Photo by Pinkcandy/Shutterstock

KENTWOOD, Mich., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Michigan bakery worker is facing charges stemming from allegations he tainted granola bar mix by adding the wrong kind of nuts -- the metal kind.

Police said Ruben Giovanni Gramajo, 22, of Grand Rapids, told officers he tossed nuts and bolts into the granola bar mix last week at Hearthside Foods in Kentwood so he could "get a break from work." Investigators said CCTV cameras recorded Gramajo putting the objects into the granola.

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Gramajo was arrested and charged with a felony count of placing harmful objects in food. He was freed on $10,000 personal recognizance bond and ordered to stay away from Hearthside Foods' property.

Hearthside Foods spokesman Carl Melville told WOOD-TV there was no risk to customers because the tainted granola was identified by the company's quality control system and "security measures kicked in" before the bars made it anywhere near store shelves.

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