German police probe threat to poison baby food products

Marcus Newton
October 1, 2017

He threatened to poison 20 jars of baby food if stores didn't pay the $11.8 million - equal to 10 million euros - by Saturday.

Officials in Konstanz, on Germany's southern border, said Thursday the blackmailer or blackmailers alerted them September 16 that five jars of baby food at shops in nearby Friedrichshafen had been manipulated.

Police in Germany have arrested a man on suspicion of contaminating adult and baby food in the hope of gaining millions of euros from supermarkets.

A manhunt has been launched in Germany and in neighboring countries for the suspect, believed to be a white male about 50 years old, who was seen on surveillance camera wearing glasses and a white hat.

The email said he had already poisoned five jars of baby food as proof the threat was serious. The suspect used ethylene glycol, a chemical in antifreeze and brake fluids, which can be fatal in large quantities. So far there are no reports of any injuries.

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"We take this threat very seriously", said chief prosecutor Alexander Boger in a televised press conference.

The authorities urged the public to remain calm and to check that the products they buy have not been manipulated or opened before making purchases.

Police in the south-western lakeside city of Konstanz said they would ask a judge to approve an extension of custody for the 55-year-old German man arrested by police special forces late on Friday, after concluding he was a prime suspect.

German officials did not release the names of the food stores that had been targeted but did say there was no reason for the public to panic.

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