No danger: Suspicious packages to CBS

Dr. Graham Sher, Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Serivces at news conference in Ottawa on...

Dr. Graham Sher, Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Serivces at news conference in Ottawa on May 20, 2003. (HANDOUT)

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, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

Canadian Blood Services says its donor system is safe after offices in three different cities received suspicious packages this week.

The packages were sent to offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg.

They did not contain harmful substances, but caused the offices to cancel appointments while police investigated.

"We have been taking this situation very seriously," CBS CEO Graham Sher said in a release Friday.

"It's important for Canadians to know that although these incidents have caused interruptions to our operations, the blood system continues to be safe," Sher said. "We are counting on donors to keep their appointments and we look forward to seeing them in our clinics."

A haz-mat team responded to an office in Winnipeg on Thursday. A fire department spokesman said someone inside the office opened an envelope that contained a powder-like substance.

A package sent to an Edmonton office on Tuesday contained granulated sugar.

 


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