SACO, Maine (CBS/AP) — Another supermarket chain is recalling a brand of fresh pizza dough amid concerns about tampering. Shaw’s and Star Market announced the company is removing Portland Pie Co. pizza dough from the shelves of its supermarkets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. Hannaford Supermarkets already removed the product.

A New Hampshire man is accused of putting razor blades in the pizza dough at a Hannaford store in Saco, Maine.

Nicholas R. Mitchell, 38, was arrested Sunday night and charged as a fugitive from justice in Dover, New Hampshire. He was due to make his first court appearance Tuesday in New Hampshire.

Mitchell is a former employee of It’ll Be Pizza, the Scarborough, Maine, company that makes several brands of dough, including the Portland Pie Co. dough that was allegedly tampered with in Saco.

Nicholas Mitchell (Photo credit: Dover NH police)

Police are investigating similar tampering incidents in Sanford, Maine, and Dover, New Hampshire, but no one has been charged in those incidents, according to the Saco Police Department.

It’ll Be Pizza’s chief executive said on Monday that dough sold by other retailers also may have been affected.

“Due to the ongoing nature of the criminal investigation, we cannot make further comment at this time,” CEO Mike White said in a statement. “We remain committed to our customers, our distribution partners, and to the continued excellence and safety of our products.

The Portland Pie Co. products made by It’ll Be Pizza are sold at Hannaford, Shaw’s and Big Y Supermarkets, according to the company website. The recalls do not affect the Portland Pie Co. restaurants.

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