A full investigation is now underway, according to the airline. Air Canada has contacted the caterers who prepared the meals, but has refused to release the name of the company.
The airline is cooperating with police investigating the matter, Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Safety is a top priority, he said, adding that Air Canada is working with the food company to ensure that heightened security measures are put in place.
The incident comes less than two weeks after two passengers suffered minor injuries from six needles found in the meat of sandwiches served aboard four Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States.
Dutch police officer Robert van Kapel told The Associated Press that Dutch investigators have been interrogating witnesses who had access to the Delta sandwiches. Kapel said it is too early to rule out a copycat or link, which he said is being investigated.
Gate Gourmet, the catering company that supplied the Delta sandwiches, does not supply food to Air Canada flights originating in Victoria, according to a company spokesperson.