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Sugar substitute the cause of Canada Post evacuation last fall


A suspicious-looking white substance, whose discovery resulted in the evacuation of the Canada Post Office on 15th Avenue in Prince George last fall, was a sugar substitute.

The incident happened October 24 when the substance was discovered by a postal worker.  Canada Post evacuated the building prior to emergency crews arriving.

Hazardous materials specialists from Prince George Fire/Rescue, obtained and secured the substance.  The material was seized by the Prince George RCMP and was forwarded to a RCMP laboratory for analysis.

The results of the lab tests have found the substance to be a food product, more specifically, a sugar substitute that was not harmful to anyone that had contact with it.  The investigation has been concluded.

The Prince George RCMP would like to remind persons that use mail or courier services to consult with the service provider to ensure your items are approved for transportation and packaged appropriately.  For more information about Canada Post requirements, please contact their customer service line at 1-800-267-1177, online at or enquire at your local Canada Post Office.


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